Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hawaii Dog Bite Law

An attack by a dog on you or a family member can be a terrifying event.  If you have been attacked and bitten, the reminders below will help you receive compensation for your injuries. 

1. Document the attack.  Have a friend or relative record the names and contact information of witnesses and call the police to make a report.  If possible, take pictures of the dog and the area where you were attacked. 
2. Seek medical attention quickly and be sure to tell your doctor everything that happened including a detailed description of the dog. Document your injuries by taking pictures and keeping a journal of your recovery. 
3. Call animal control to make sure that the animal is quarantined and nobody else is attacked by the same dog. 
4. Speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.  An attorney can start an investigation and help gather evidence necessary for you to receive compensation for your injuries. 

For more information about dog bite liability click the following links: 

Hawaii Revised Statute 663-1 Liability
Hawaii Revised Statute 663-9 Liability of Animal Owners

Hawaii Courts have interpreted the statutes in a way that may not seem obvious at first glance.  If you have been attacked by an animal, contact an attorney today to help you receive compensation for your injuries. 

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