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Old 02-19-17, 09:53 PM
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pls help, my wife was bitten by my neighborer's big dog on the face

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I was riding the bicycle in the neighborhood, my wife, at the same time, was taking a walk, around 9:30 pm Sunday night. we are living in a closed gated community. My neighbor, ten house down the road, his dog ran out and knocked my wife on the ground and bit her on her face. The dog is big, more than 50 lb. After scare away the dog, I checked my wife's face, there were 3-4 dog teeth indentations and some blood. My neighbor felt sorry and drove my wife to the emergency room. I was left behind to find my wife's glasses and did not catch up with them. They are now in the emergency room.

I am feeling so angry and I want to sue my neighbor for not keeping the biting dog in their backyard. What should I do to proceed?

Thanks for the help.

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You should take care of your wife and of yourself. Worry about the other stuff later, there will be time.
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You should take care of your wife and of yourself. Worry about the other stuff later, there will be time.
+1 The only immediate concern is helping your wife through this. While doing this, call your local police department and report it, and see if they can have someone meet you at the hospital if you're still there.

There are two reasons to make the report promptly.

1- you want to establish the historical record, so you have a trail if/when you ask/negotiate/sue for compensation.
2- the police have the authority to have the dog impounded and checked for rabies, which will possibly help with the treatment.

But, while the police report is important, your wife's comfort is more so, so stop typing and go join her immediately.
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or, btw, I am in Texas. thanks.
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Originally Posted by leilin View Post
or, btw, I am in Texas. thanks.
GO! be with your wife.
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Originally Posted by leilin View Post

I am feeling so angry and I want to sue my neighbor for not keeping the biting dog in their backyard. What should I do to proceed?

Thanks for the help.

Dan
If you still want to sue your neighbor when things settle down, best bet is to contact an attorney. Why you are posting on bikeforums commuting page is beyond me.
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Old 02-19-17, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
...... Why you are posting on bikeforums commuting page is beyond me.
I also wonder why someone would be posting on a bike forum rather than be with his wife at this time. If the OP is still here, I suggest he consider what his wife will think when she learns that you didn't rush to be with her, either before or immediately after finding her glasses.

Otherwise everything else is premature. You have no information about the nature or extent of her injuries, and for all you know they may turn out to be minor.

So as I posted earlier GO BE WITH YOUR WIFE!!!
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Why the heck are you talking about lawsuits ($$$$$) instead of attending to your wife right now ? Geez....
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Originally Posted by leilin View Post
or, btw, I am in Texas. thanks.
Nice try. Austin may technically be within the geographic bounds of Texas, but it doesn't really count.
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Old 02-23-17, 03:51 PM
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Your medical insurance company will likely sue the neighbor on your behalf to collect. However, you should also hire your own attorney to protect your interests, not just those of the insurance company. Those who are telling you not to post details on the internet are correct (just like in the case of a bicycle 'accident'). Meanwhile, make sure your wife gets the care she needs.
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Old 02-23-17, 05:21 PM
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I think that you are all being too harsh on the OP. At times of stress, people go to those things/places that give them comfort and a sense of community.


Maybe the OP was with his wife, maybe she was sedated and he used the opportunity to connect with his friends here.


Cut him some slack, he and his wife have through a very traumatic experience.


Hope the OP's wife heals well with minimal scarring.
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Old 02-23-17, 05:28 PM
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I think that you are all being too harsh on the OP. At times of stress, people go to those things/places that give them comfort and a sense of community.


Maybe the OP was with his wife, maybe she was sedated and he used the opportunity to connect with his friends here.

So, it's been 4 days, and you'd think he might have let his friends which he came to during the crisis know how it turned out.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
I think that you are all being too harsh on the OP. At times of stress, people go to those things/places that give them comfort and a sense of community.


Maybe the OP was with his wife, maybe she was sedated and he used the opportunity to connect with his friends here.


Cut him some slack, he and his wife have through a very traumatic experience.


Hope the OP's wife heals well with minimal scarring.
What was wrong with his so called friends telling him to get off this forum and be with his wife ?
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Get your lawyers file a freeze/cease/desist order against your neighbor to prevent them from transferring assets out of their names. This includes property, vehicles, boats, savings, stocks/bonds, 401k, pension plans etc. You don't want to be filing claims against someone who suddenly becomes bankrupt.
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So, it's been 4 days, and you'd think he might have let his friends which he came to during the crisis know how it turned out.
After the reception he received here I don't blame him for not returning.

Hey you guys can write and do whatever you want. I don't care, I don't have a dog in this fight (pun totally unintentional).

Just seemed that most people were being overly harsh.

Peace out!
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
After the reception he received here I don't blame him for not returning.

Hey you guys can write and do whatever you want. I don't care, I don't have a dog in this fight (pun totally unintentional).

Just seemed that most people were being overly harsh.

Peace out!
I don't know it your married or not. But if you are, consider the possible consequences if your wife gets bitten in the face and you send her to the hospital with a neighbor while you go on the net asking about possible lawsuits.

I suspect that "personal injury" might turn out to be the wrong kind of lawyer..

So, in my case at least, it wasn't about being harsh as much as trying to remind him or priorities. I suspect the others were along those same lines.
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tl;dr thread, but the OP has zero relevance with Commuting... welcome to Foo .
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Dog bites can transmit fatal bacteria.
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Before talking about lawsuits and etc... the first thing is to find out how bad the person is. Superficial? Scarring?

The police report (and animal control report?) would be important. Around here, a victim of a dog bite can request that the dog be put down which may apply here.

It does sound like the neighbor was likely sorry for the event, and tried to be as helpful as possible. That should count for something.
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While I hope that the OP's wife is okay, I am bothered by the fact that he was posting here rather than being at her side in the hospital and talking about a potential lawsuit.
Let's get the priorities straight here and an update too...
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The OP is in Texas, and I thought the only way to deal with these situations there is to shoot the dog.
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The OP is in Texas, and I thought the only way to deal with these situations there is to shoot the dog.
I thought it was to shoot the owner.
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I thought it was to shoot the owner.
Why not both?
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Why not both?
I used to have a dog that climbed 6 ft fences and hunted cats. I gave her to someone out in the boondocks to keep us both from the lynch mob. She could blindside and kill skunks there too but didn't trot home with those. No lynch mob onlooking either.
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