Doberman Dog Bites
Dobermans are among the smartest, most loyal and fierce guard and patrol dogs in existence. They are commonly used by the police, military, and search and rescue teams, as well as frequently used as patrol and personal security dogs. They are a common fixture in homes across Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, and across Washington State. While the vast majority of these dogs do not cause anyone any problems, on occasion they will bite and attack people, causing serious injuries to people.Doberman Facts and Basic Information
The Doberman is a relatively new breed of dog that was first bred around 1890 by a German tax collector. They are powerful but graceful dogs that were bred for protection and for their intelligence. A staple of their appearance is that their ears are cropped and sticking up and their tail is a nub, but these are not how they are born. They are among the most intelligent of dog breeds in existence and can be trained very quickly. They are short-haired dogs and usually black or dark brown in color.
Males are quite large, weighing anywhere between 88-100 pounds, with some weighing even more than this. They are tall, anywhere from 27 to 28 inches high. They live anywhere from nine to twelve years, which is common in dogs of this size. They are the fifth most intelligent breed of dog and the sixteenth most popular breed of dog.
In a recent study in which aggression was separated by four categories (ranging from aggression towards strangers, the Doberman’s owner, other dogs, and other dogs in the house), the study found that the Doberman’s aggressiveness was fairly high towards strangers. However, it was very low when it came to a Doberman being aggressive towards the Doberman’s owner. The study indicated that aggression does in fact have a genetic component to it. Compared to other dogs that are known to be aggressive, even deadly to humans, such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers, Dobermans have not attacked as many people as these other breeds have. It has been shown that an owners responsibility and ability to exercise control over the Doberman is an important factor in how often the Doberman will attack.Steps to Take After a Doberman Attack
After being attacked by a Doberman and bitten, the first thing you must do is get the medical attention you need. By this, it means going to the emergency room or a walk-in clinic. From there, depending on what is communicated to you, it is important to also check-in with your primary doctor of family doctor to see what they think of your injuries and what additional treatment you need, if any. It might also be advisable to see a therapist, counselor, or psychologist for your mental and emotional injuries.
You need to photograph your injuries and the scene of where the attack took place, if possible. If there were any witnesses to the attack, it’s also a good idea to get their information—name, number, email, and address. The pictures that show your injuries should ideally be kept stored in a cloud so they are not lost.
If you heavily involved in social media, you should take care not to post anything of a damaging nature on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other platform. You should also go back and check your previous posts to see if there is anything that you would not want an insurance company reviewing, and if there is, you should remove it at once.
After your medical issues are addressed, the next thing you need to do is figure out how your bills are going to be paid and if there is insurance involved. If you have health insurance through your work, you need to let the insurance company know that you’re going to be incurring medical bills and that they need to be paid.
You also need to contact the insurance company for the dog bite’s owner. This might be a homeowner’s policy or a renter’s policy, depending on the circumstances of your case. Or, if the dog bite attack took place at a business, then the business’ insurance company needs to be made aware of the attack.
You should also obtain a copy of any police reports. It is not a good idea to speak to the insurance company for the homeowner’s insurance company for the dog that bit you. Avoid their calls or tell them to call you after you have retained a lawyer. It is important that you keep close track of the two insurance companies and get the appropriate policy and claim numbers.
It is also a good idea to record your injuries and diary how you progress as you recover from your injuries. Finally, it is also important to keep in mind one or two people who know what you are going through from your injuries in terms of character witnesses. Make sure you stay in touch with these people.
When medical bills arrive, it is important to keep a copy for your records and forward a copy to your health insurance company. More than anything, you should take many photographs of your injuries as you continue to heal and recover from the attack. Being able to show, in pictures, the stages of your recovery is very important.
Taking these steps will help you transition your case to a lawyer more effectively.Ways to Prevent a Doberman Attack
While some Doberman attacks are impossible to prevent, some are in fact very preventable. It is best always best to maintain an air of confidence around a Doberman that looks posed to attack you, as difficult as that may be. Try not to run from the Doberman if it appears aggressive or wanting to bite, run, panic, or make sudden, loud noises. It is best to remain completely without moving a limb. Most importantly, it is best not to make direct eye contact.
If the Doberman is eating, sleeping or around their puppies, do not approach the Doberman or attempt to pet the Doberman. Letting the Doberman smell you might lessen your chances of attacking you.
If the Doberman does attack you and knock you down, try to remain completely motionless and not move a muscle. Try to cover your face and neck to prevent the most vulnerable parts of your body from attack.Common Doberman Bite Injuries
If you have been attacked or bitten by a Doberman, you may have suffered some serious injuries. Unfortunately, these injuries will not often just heal on their own without medical attention. After the bite or attack, the first thing you must do is seek immediate medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional. In most cases, this will mean going to the emergency room or a walk-in clinic.
From there, you should see your family or primary doctor who can direct you to the appropriate specialist if you need one, especially if you need surgery. It may also be necessary to seek out the help of a counselor, therapist, or psychologist for mental health treatment since these kinds of dog attacks can mentally and emotionally affect you in a negative way. The most common injuries we see are below, but they are not meant to be complete as your injuries might be unique or not listed here.
- Mental or psychological injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Surgical procedures needed to treat puncture wounds to your skin
After being attacked by a Doberman, you may wonder what kind of compensation you can receive for being attacked. The most common forms of compensation are:
- Money for medical bills, including future bills
- Lost wages, as well as future wages that you may lose
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for out of pocket expenses, such as braces or bandages that you may have bought.
Those are the damages you are allowed to recover. However, before you can get those, you first have to prove your case. Sometimes the owner of the Doberman who bit you will allege that you somehow contributed or provoked the attack. You need to be able to show that this is not true. The Jackman Law Firm can help you prove that you did nothing to deserve the dog attack.
We have the ability to successfully negotiate with the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance company to get you a fair settlement. As you may already be experiencing, the insurance company for the dog’s owner is not on your side. They may be calling and pressuring you to sign a document to settle your case. Why go through this difficult negotiations process alone? We can help you.
If we are not able to do so, then our next step is to prepare your case for trial by filing a lawsuit. If we have to do this, then we will prepare your case for trial and we will be ready to get a verdict for your injuries.
If you have questions or concerns about your Doberman dog bite attack case, feel free ot call us for a free consultation.