Dogs are man’s best friends; however, there are thousands of dog bite incidents every year. The dog owner is almost always the primary person responsible, but the law can get complicated if the bite occurs in an airport or while flying on a commercial flight.
Steps You Should Take If You’re Bitten by a Dog
If you are bitten by a dog, whether it’s a companion or support animal, there are certain steps you should take, including:
- Get away from the dog. The first thing you should do is get as far away from the dog as possible. You might put your purse or carry-on baggage between you and the dog. Move to another location on the flight.
- Get medical treatment. You should immediately get medical attention after a dog bite. Dogs have sharp teeth that tear flesh and cause deep internal wounds. Their mouths are also dirty. You will need to treat the wound and get antibiotics quickly.
- Notify a flight attendant or airport staff. If you’re on a flight, an attendant can provide minimal medical treatment with a first aid kit. Most airports also have some first aid available. The airport staff will also need to make a report of the incident.
- Call the police at the airport. If you’re in the air, call the police when you land. If you’re at an airport, call the police immediately. You will need them to assess the situation and file an official report about the situation. This will be used as evidence in your personal injury claim.
- Call a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. You will need to provide information to many parties regarding the incident. You should talk to an attorney and allow them to communicate with everyone else. This will ensure consistent information and allow you to focus on recovering.
Who Is Responsible for a Dog Bite on a Commercial Flight?
In most situations, the owner of a dog is responsible for their actions. That means, they would have to pay for any medical costs and other losses you incur as a result of the bite their dog causes. Oftentimes, homeowners’ or renters’ insurance will cover dog bites. Some dog owners are required to have a separate policy, especially if they have a dog that is known to be vicious or some specific breeds.
If you are bitten on a commercial flight, the airline might also be responsible. The airline should have rules that are enforced to prevent dog bites, such as requirements that the animals are kept in a kennel under the seat. Another option would be that the dog remains attached to a leash or in the owner’s lap. Sometimes a muzzle is required. The airline staff should ensure that any agitated or compromised dogs are not on the flight.
How Can a Dog Bite Lawyer Help Me?
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Ryan Montgomery Law can guide you through the process of obtaining compensation for your losses after a dog bite. The law can be confusing and you may not know where to turn to get help. Our legal team is here for you. We will listen to what happened and handle the entire legal process while you focus on recovery. Call us today at (864) 207-4927 or use our online contact form to reach out.