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What to Do If a Dog Bites You

June 28, 2023
By The Wiseman Law Firm

How to Handle a Dog Bite Injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. Of those, about 800,000 require medical attention. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to seek medical attention right away, even if the wound seems minor. A doctor will be able to clean the wound and determine if you need any additional treatment, such as a tetanus shot or antibiotics.

Wash & Cover the Wound

If you have a minor wound, you can and should wash the wound with warm water and soap for at least five minutes. This will help reduce the risk of infection. You should also:  

  • apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding, and

  • apply a bandage to the wound.

Identify the Dog & Its Owner

If possible, try to get the name and contact information of the dog’s owner. If you are unable to do so, see if there are any witnesses who can provide this information for you. It is also important to find out if the dog has been vaccinated for rabies. If not, you may need to undergo preventive treatment for rabies, which can be costly.

Document the Scene

If possible, you should take pictures of the dog that bit you as well as the scene of the incident. You will also want to document the injury with photographs and save all medical bills and receipts related to the incident. This documentation will be important if you decide to file a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner.

File a Police Report

You should always file a police report after being bitten by a dog, even if the owner provides you with their contact information. This is because a police report can be used as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, your doctor will also report the incident to a health agency or animal control, which can alos be used to strengthen your case.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Dog bite cases can be complex, so it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you navigate the legal process and maximize your compensation. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, it is important to take immediate action to protect your legal rights. At The Wiseman Law Firm, our skilled attorney has decades of collective legal experience, and we are committed to helping our clients maximize their compensation and minimize their liability.

Call 407-420-4647 to schedule an initial consultation today.  

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