Thank you very much for the follow-up and I appreciate your concerns. You may be surprised to learn that victims of wrongdoing are not as frequently or readily compensated. As a matter of fact, individuals such as law enforcement officers often escape legal liability under the legal doctrines of immunity.
Please understand, I am not discouraging you from consulting with a local medical malpractice or personal injury attorney. You may want to first obtain a copy of your medical records so that you have them for any future meeting.
Second, if you do obtain any recovery -- before you even consider accepting it -- find out if your workers compensation carrier has a lien on it and wants to have the first crack at being reimbursed.
Third, if the ID of the dog owner is known and if that person has homeowners insurance, you may want to consult a local personal injury attorney to explore any recourse you may have to sue the dog owner for your injuries (again, workers compensation will want the first crack at reimbursement
for any recovery you obtain).
Lastly, going back on the track of medical malpractice ...... don't get too discouraged if local attorneys tell you: yes, the doctor screwed up but your case is not worth the money they would have to invest to sue and, thus, they pass on it. In other words, they pass on your case not because of the merits but because it's not a good business decision for them.
I do not mean to sound insensitive when I offer these insights. However, I don't want you to be blind-sided or further frustrated by some of the reactions you receive when you go out there to interview
I hope this helps offer additional perspective!