3 Things To Do If You Are Bitten By A Dog
Animal attacks happen more frequently than people think! They can be very frightening and leave victims physically and emotionally traumatized. Unsupervised pets are unpredictable and can pose a threat to neighborhood residents. Since these attacks are considered preventable, the dog’s owners can be held responsible for damages. In the awful event that you or a loved one gets bitten by a dog, there are some very important steps you need to take to ensure you are compensated for damages. Here are 3 things to do if you are bitten by a dog:
1. Identify the Dog
If at all possible, you need to quickly identify the dog. Note the physical attributes such as coloring, height, breed and any special details. This is significant because the dog may need to be tested for rabies, and you want to make sure the correct dog is tested. If the owner is present, get his or her personal identification information for future contact. Having the contact information from the owner will be super important for your case, so make sure you or someone around obtains all necessary information.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Secondly, if you are bitten by a dog, you need to immediately seek medical attention for the bite, no matter how minor it may seem. This type of wound can easily become infected, so do not delay. Medical professionals will know exactly how to handle the bite, no matter how big or small. Additionally, when a dog bites a human being, it should be reported to the local health department. If this dog has attacked once there is a chance it has done this before or will do it again. The health department should know so they can document the incident.
Prior documentation from the health department can also help determine if there are any known issues with the dog. They will know if the animal has been tested for rabies or any other diseases before and may be able to help you obtain this essential information. Even if you know the dog or the owner, you are required to report the incident so another attack doesn’t happen in the future.
3. Contact Our Lawyers
The final step is extremely important! Without delay, you need to contact our lawyers at Burroughs and Capps who are well versed in personal injury law. Our experienced attorneys can give you professional legal counsel and help ensure that your rights are protected. We guarantee that our lawyers will address your needs and make sure that the responsible party is held accountable for the injury and the ensuing medical bills and other related costs.
It cannot be stressed enough that the victim of a dog bite does not need to downplay the attack or be embarrassed. When a dog bites a person, the victim’s rights need to be considered and observed. Unfortunately, without legal counsel and representation, the victim can be left with mounting medical bills and lost wages.
Do not let this happen to you! If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, contact our lawyers and let us help you today!