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Dog attacks must be taken very seriously

The increase in time spent outdoors during the summer months can mean that more people are coming in contact with dogs. In some cases, dogs will attack people unprovoked. This can happen when you are walking down the street or enjoying time with friends.

When a dog attack does happen, it must be taken very seriously. Victims of these attacks will need to seek medical care due to the risk of infection. Another consideration is whether the dog had a rabies vaccination or not. The treatment that a victim goes through will depend largely on this factor. In some cases, the victim will have life-long reminders of the attack. Some of these, such as scarring on the face, are disfiguring and can make life more difficult.

The financial cost of a dog attack is often considerable. You will likely have medical bills rolling in, but there is a chance it won't stop there. If an adult is the victim, missing work is possible. If a child was the victim, a parent might have to miss work. This compounds the financial impact of the event.

You do have an option for recovering financially from the incident. You might opt to seek compensation from the dog's owner. This is done through a civil lawsuit. We can help you learn about the process and to get things moving forward. Remember, Rhode Island has time limits that apply to these cases, so getting started soon after the attack is a good idea so that you aren't trying to rush to meet the deadline.

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