What To Do After A Dog Bite
If you or someone you love has been bitten by dog, you may be feeling confused and overwhelmed in the situation. Here is a list of steps you should take after a dog bite.
- First, immediately after the incident, call 911. This is especially important if the injuries are severe. Moreover, ceiling 911 creates a paper trial for the accident.
- Next, this advice is applicable even when your dog was been bitten by another dog, make sure you identify the dog and the dog’s owner. Get names and addresses if you can and ask for proof that the offending canine has had a rabies vaccination. This is important because if you cannot prove the dog was vaccinated for rabies, you may need to receive series of expensive rabies shots.
- Get the medical attention you need. A doctor will determine the severity of the dog bite. Do not wait to see a physician, as infection from a dog bite can be dangerous. Getting medical help will also establish a paper trail of all your medical visits, medications and treatments.
- Then, you will need to file a dog bite report. These need to be filed with the proper county or city departments. Again, this is a paper trail you can use to prove your case in court and provides documentation if another person is bitten by the same dog.
- Find out as much information as you can about the owner and the dog. If you are able to do so, get the dog license number or any records you can relating to the dog’s prior history. You are looking for information to show if the dog has been legally designated as potentially dangerous or dangerous.
- Take pictures of all your injuries, any torn or blood stained clothes as well as the location where the dog attack took place.
Dog bite claims can take a fairly long time to be resolved and it is best to keep a personal journal right after your incident. All of the information you record may be relevant to your dog bite personal injury case.
Hessig & Pohl have substantive dog bite experience and know exactly what to do to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. The first consultation is free and you do not pay a cent if your case does not win. Call or text us today, we would be honored to work with you. 502-777-1111.