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Asked on: 4/09/13, 10:33 am

I was attacked by a bulldog on April 6, 2013 on a public street when the dog forced his way underneath his fence and tried to attack my dog. I was able to protect my dog with no injury to him but I sustained two bites and scrapes and cuts in other areas when I fell and the dog climbed on top of me. Animal control will be pursuing a quartine, etc., but I am unsure how to hold the owner responsible for my medical expenses from visiting a Patient First center immediately following the attack. Animal Control was only able to give me the owner's name. I do have an address as well. My insurance company said once I receive the bill in the mail I should send to the owner, but I feel like there is little to no accountability there. I'm sure the bill will not be a large one, but I do want her held responsible for her negligence and pay for my expenses. What is the appropriate way for me to handle this? Do I need to contact a lawyer or is there another means without involving one? I do not wish to sue this person, but I will consider it if nothing else can be done. My wife and I have both not slept more than 3 hours a night since the attack just thinking about it, so I know emotional distress can play a part in this. Thank you for your advice.

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