Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Over a half a million people get bitten or attacked by dogs each year. Children are especially at risk and suffer the most severe and catastrophic injuries, especially to their face, head, and neck. An estimated 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year, with 800,000 of these dog bites requiring medical attention. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website has important safety tips to protect against dog attacks and steps that you can take to try to minimize injury. Should you be attacked, the following steps will protect and preserve your legal rights:

  • Call the police and animal control. Make sure that they make a report, quarantine the animal, and have it checked for rabies
  • Write down a description of the animal
  • Obtain the animal owner’s name and address
  • Obtain contact information of any witnesses
  • Take photos of the scene, the animal and photos of your injuries
  • Get immediate medical care
  • Retain all evidence, including clothing (do not wash or wear again)

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