A personal injury accident can happen when you least expect it. If you are involved in a personal injury accident associated with a dog bite, you must document your side of the incident and find an attorney to represent you in a court of law. Here are some things that you can do to prepare for a dog bite case in court:
Document the Incident: Write a personal statement that thoroughly documents the dog bite incident. Include detailed information, including the date, time, and location of the incident, a thorough description of the dog, and the names and contact information of any and all witnesses. Write this statement as soon as possible after the incident, while your memory is fresh and you can remember all the details, even details that you think might not be important.
Find a Personal Injury Attorney: When going to court, it is wise to be represented by a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney that knows the law, knows the legal process, knows how to best present your case, and knows your chances of prevailing in court. You can find an attorney through personal recommendations or by researching local attorneys online or in a library. You can also ask another attorney in a different specialty for their recommendation of a personal injury attorney.
Trust Your Attorney: Give your chosen attorney a copy of your written statement documenting the dog bite incident. Add to your statement by telling your attorney everything you know and remember about the incident. Do not omit any details, even if you think that those details are not helpful to your case. It is your attorney's job to defend you in court, and he or she must have all the facts to do so effectively. If your attorney knows all the details, he or she can be adequately prepared to present your side of the case and examine all prosecution and defense witnesses.
Take Photographs of Your Injuries: If you are the plaintiff in the case, take photographs of your injuries. Ask your doctor to give you a written statement that describes the extent of your injuries in detail, any medications prescribed, and all care procedures and after-care treatments. Ask your doctor if he or she is willing to appear in court with you to support your side of the case if needed.
Take Photographs of the Scene: Take photographs of the dog bite scene, even if you must do so after the incident. It is important for your attorney, the presiding judge, and a possible jury to have comprehensive information about the incident in order to make a judgment in your case.
Know The Law: Ask your attorney to give you a copy of the statutes that are applicable in your case and in your location. Research these statutes online or in a law library so that you can be aware of the language that is used and how it applies to your case.
With diligent research, documentation, and the assistance of a personal injury attorney, you can make a professional and comprehensive presentation in a court of law before a judge and a jury. After your case is over, you can be assured that you did everything possible to provide your side of the personal injury accident, and you can be at peace with the outcome. For more information, contact a law office like the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC.