You must prove your dog attack, the defendant's liability, and your damages to win a dog attack claim. You can use multiple forms of evidence for the proof. Below are three forms of evidence that can strengthen your case.
1. Eyewitness Testimony
Eyewitness testimony is one of the most crucial pieces of evidence for dog injury claims. Below are some things that the testimony can help you prove.
The Bite's Occurrence
An eyewitness can help you that your injuries came from a dog attack and not another accident. For example, the testimony may be helpful if the defendant argues an alternative cause of the injury, such as a prior accidental cut.
The Injured Body Part
The nature of your injuries determines your damages. For example, facial injuries tend to be serious and are likely to receive higher compensation than hand injuries. An eyewitness can help you prove that the dog bit or scratched your face.
The Identity of the Dog
Lastly, an eyewitness can help you identify the dog that attacked you. Such identifications are especially crucial if there were several dogs at the scene of the attack or if the attack occurred in a public place. Without such evidence, the dog owner might try to attribute the attack to other dogs.
2. Medical Records
The Location and Extent of the Injuries
Medical records can help you prove your injuries' location and extent better than eyewitness testimony. For example, an eyewitness can help you prove that a dog bit your calves. However, medical records can prove the bite's depth and the affected tissues.
Medical treatment costs form a significant part of personal injury claims, including dog bites. Your medical records contain your medical treatments and their respective costs.
3. Photographs and Camera Footage
Personal injury lawyers advise people to take photographs or videos of their injuries and accident scenes. Below are some things such footage can help you prove.
The Dog's Identity
Photographic or video footage can help you identify the dog that attacked you if its identity is in question. That way, you can link the dog to its owner and identify the party liable for your injuries.
The Injured Body Parts
Lastly, videos of the attack can also help you identify every inch of your body affected by the attack. Return to the accident scene and canvass for photos or videos, for example, from security cameras, to help your case.
The more evidence you have, the stronger your case is. Consult a personal injury dog bite lawyer to help you gather and use the evidence.