A dog bite incident can be a traumatizing experience leading to serious health issues. If you have been attacked, do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to safeguard yourself both medically and legally. Treating a dog bite injury will cost you time, money, and stress, so consider discussing your incident with a personal injury attorney who can guide you and help recover the compensation you deserve.
Follow these important steps pursuant to a dog bite, regardless of how minor you think the injuries may be:
1. Identify those involved
Identify the dog, its owner, those who had custody of the dog, and eye witnesses. Collect their contact information before leaving the scene. Obtain the dog’s license information in order to conduct further research about him/her and any previous history of attack or legal designation as being ‘dangerous’ or ‘potentially dangerous’. Unfortunately, if the dog’s owner cannot be identified, you may be required to undergo painful and expensive treatment for rabies.
Following any incident, be sure to snap photographs of the incident scene, injuries incurred, and the dog and victims involved. These photos can be key in helping you remember the series of events during the attack and to support your legal and medical claim.
3. Seek Treatment for your dog bite wounds
Always seek professional medical care pursuant to a dog bite incident. Regardless of how minor you think the injury is, get it looked at, you will be taking serious health risks if neglected. Retain all medical records and receipts for treatment and medication, you may be eligible for reimbursement.
4. File a dog bite report
It is your civic duty to file a dog bite report with the proper city or county authorities. Do not fail to do this because it establishes or adds to the legal record of the dog, helping future possible victims through enforcement. You could be saving someone from an attack by doing so.
5. Speak with an attorney
If you have questions or concerns about how to move forward after a dog bite, an experienced attorney can help you maneuver through this stressful experience.
At McIntyre Thanasides, we are here to help you overcome this traumatic event. Contact us at 844-511-4800.