Steps after a Dog Bite
Most dogs are docile creatures living amongst human providing unconditional love. However, even the most calm canine can snap under certain circumstances. This why dogs bite millions of men, women and children each year. Unfortunately, these bites can bring significant medical, legal, and financial ramifications. This is why it is imperative to know the actions to take after a dog bite.
The first steps to take after a dog bites you can be critical to your health or any future legal action. These include:
- Medical Care: Seek care from a trained medical professional, especially for for puncture wounds and serious injuries. Some dogs do not have the rabies vaccine. Also, a puncture can bring infection. Then if possible, photograph the wounds before treatment. This can show how bad the injury was more accurately.
- Exchange Information: Think about after a car accident. Those involved would need to exchange personal information. This is the same after a dog bite. The dog’s owner or caretaker will need to be contacted. Even if it isn’t for a suit, but you should know the dog’s vaccination history. Jot down his or her name, address, phone number and email address.
- Witnesses: Sometimes it can be difficult to be calm in this situation to look around to see if anyone else is around after a bite. But, take a moment and do. Then, ask any witnesses to provide their contact information.
- Animal Control: Make sure to file a report with your local animal control agency. This helps prevent future bites from the same animal. Plus, their investigation can help your case.
Documenting a Dog Bite
In the first steps, we described how you should photograph any injuries. However, after medical professionals treat the initial wound, you should detail the injuries further. Write down in lots of detail any injuries associate with the bite. This includes visible injuries and the effects of it. The effects can be pain, decreased mobility, and inability to perform certain functions. Besides taking photos, keep a journal entry of recovery, the biting event in detail, medical records and any other written statements to support your claim.
All these documents will help when dealing with an insurance company or a lawsuit. Plus, it is important to keep a good record of the expenses you incurred as a result of the bite. These include medical bills, lost wages and travel costs.
Contact An Attorney
According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 900,000 of those bites become infected. The U.S. population is approximately 325.8 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 72 people.
If you or a loved one has suffered the shock and pain of a serious dog bite, attack or mauling, our complex litigation attorneys can work to help put the pieces of your life back together. The attorneys at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm have witnessed the devastating physical, emotional and financial effects these injuries can have on their victims. We have seen clients suffer serious injuries, which posed the risk of permanent scarring and incur costly medical bills for related treatments. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills and other losses, including your pain and suffering.