Six Things You Should Do After a Dog Bite Incident
Dogs are lovable creatures that are typically trustworthy and loyal to humans. However, dogs are also powerful and strong animals. When they attack, they are able to do damage that can seriously harm the victim. If you are the victim of a dog bite attack, there are some steps you should follow during and after the incident:
1. Get yourself a safe distance away from the dog.
If a dog attacks you, then your first objective should be to put as much distance as you can between yourself and the animal. You can help protect yourself by covering your face and head with your arms, or trying to put an object, such as a purse or backpack, between yourself and the dog.
2. Take care of any immediate injury needs.
After getting away from the dog safely, assess your injuries. Take care of any serious injuries that need immediate attention, or at least stop any bleeding that may be occurring.
3. Make notes about injuries and witnesses.
Once you know your injuries are under control, it is important to document the details of the incident. This means taking pictures of your injuries, the scene of the incident, and even the dog. Additionally, you should find the names and addresses of any witnesses to the incident, as well as the dog’s owner.
4. Seek medical attention for wounds and injuries.
Even if you feel your wounds or injuries are not serious, you should still seek medical attention. You may not see fractures, infections, hematomas, or nerve damage that is happening under the surface. Having a physician’s opinion and medical records will also be helpful if you choose to pursue legal actions. Make note of your doctor’s visit, their diagnosis, and any treatments or medicines they prescribe.
5. File a report with animal control.
After you know the extent of your injuries, and how to treat them, you should file a report with the local animal control. This step not only helps you in legally documenting your incident, but it could also protect future potential victims from the same dog.
6. Contact a personal injury attorney.
Last, but definitely not least, you should contact a personal injury attorney. If you are dealing with injuries that resulted because someone else’s dog attacked you, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical expenses. The qualified attorneys at the The Benton Law Firm have experience dealing with a variety of personal injury cases, including dog bites. We know what it takes to build a strong case using the details surrounding the incident, based on the information you gathered in the steps above. If you or someone you love has been injured in a dog bite incident, contact our team at (214) 219-4878.