What Dog Attack Victims Should & Should NOT Do After They’ve Been Bitten

Posted on: February 17th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 15, 2014, I received a call from a Lackawanna County dog bite victim requesting my legal assistance. Unfortunately, I could not accept her dog bite case. This is an ideal time for me to discuss mistakes some dog bite victims make:


  • NEVER listen to the plea/demand of the dog owner to not get medical care and not report the attack to the PA Dog Warden/Police.
  • ALWAYS seek immediate medical care and report the attack ASAP to the dog warden/police.
  • NEVER assume that you won’t be making a legal claim for your medical bills/injuries.
  • ALWAYS take pictures before AND after your ER care just in case they are needed to document your injuries.
  • NEVER act as your own legal counsel.
  • ALWAYS remember that the defense adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible – a task made much easier when dealing with an “amateur” lawyer.
  • NEVER assume that just any lawyer can handle your PA dog bite claim with expert legal advocacy.
  • ALWAYS remember the old proverb:  “A jack of all trades is a master of none.”  Hire an attorney who fights for PA dog attack victims every day.

Attacked by a dog? Hire a PA dog bite lawyer who has represented dog attack victims in 19 different Pennsylvania Counties. Call Attorney Newell today @ 800-980-4842 for your free HOME consultation. See his website: www.NewellLaw.com and follow him on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.