What To Do After a Dog Bite
Getting bitten by a dog is traumatic. After you’re done screaming, crying, and bandaging your wounds, there are some important steps you need to take. Here’s how to handle what to do after a dog bite. And remember: This advice is only for situations where the dog bite resulted in serious consequences – like broken bones or piercing skin. If it was just a scratch, don’t worry about it!
Seek Medical Attention
If you are bitten by a dog, seek medical attention. In the case of minor wounds, it should be okay to try to clean and bandage the wound on your own (as long as you follow these steps).
- Do not apply ice or pressure
- Do not try to remove teeth from the bite area
File A Dog Bite Report With Municipal Government
- Contact the city or county where the dog bite occurred and file a dog bite report. The city or county will need to know what happened, who was bitten by the dog (including their age) if anyone else was injured and every other detail of your injury.
- Contact the city or county where the owner of the dog lives, as well as police and animal control agencies, so they can locate your attacker’s address.
- You can also contact an attorney to discuss whether you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against an individual who owns a dangerous dog.
Find Evidence of Past Aggressive Behaviour by the Dog
If you want to know whether your dog is truly dangerous, the best thing you can do is ask around. Talk to your neighbors and see if they’ve experienced any past aggressive behavior from the same dog. If so, find out exactly what happened and how they handled it.
If you’ve never interacted with this particular dog before (for example, if it’s a neighbor’s pet), then try contacting their vet or trainer for recommendations on how best to proceed. They may have dealt with similar situations before and will be able to give advice about what precautions should be taken next time an incident occurs. The same goes for any groomers who might have worked on said animal–they’ll undoubtedly know more about its temperament than anyone else!
It would also be helpful if the owner of said canine were present during these conversations so that everyone has an opportunity to come together under one roof in order not only to learn from each other but also to ensure safe conditions moving forward when interacting with one another again down future lineages.”
Record All Medical Expenses
Make sure you keep copies of all your medical expenses, insurance claims, and correspondence with the insurance company. This information can help you when it’s time to make a claim for compensation.
Contact A Dog Bite Lawyer
You should contact a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. A qualified attorney can help you determine who is liable for your injuries, and will guide you through the process of filing a claim. Here’s what you need to know about finding and hiring an attorney:
- Be honest with your lawyer – If a lawyer comes in and finds out that their client lied or hid information from them, they may decide not to work with that person again. So, be honest!
- How much will it cost? – Generally speaking, most personal injury cases are charged on an hourly basis; however, there are some exceptions where firms offer flat-fee pricing packages (which means there might also be restrictions on how long they will represent you).