What to Do When Bit by a Dog

What to Do When Bit by a Dog

With the number of recorded dog bites rising, it is important to know what steps to take in the event of a dog bite.

Seek Medical Attention
Dog bites can lead to infections and complications if left untreated. Serious dog bites may require stitches, rabies shots, and even reconstructive surgery. Dog bite injuries often occur on or near the face, meaning a cosmetic surgeon may be required to minimize long-term effects like scarring.

Record Dog, Witness and Owner Information
In the event of a dog bite, it is important to identify the dog owner and animal to ensure the dog is not a stray. If you are unable to identify the dog and owner, you may need to be treated for rabies, and may not be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.

Don’t forget to take down information of witnesses that saw the attack. They can help identify the dog or owner if you were unable, and they can testify in the event that your case is taken to court. Be sure to get their names, addresses, and contact information.

Remember to retain any clothing or any other evidence that could be used. Make sure not to wash the clothing or rewear the clothing, as this could remove evidence.

Take Photographs of Injuries and Surroundings
The more photographs you have, the better. Document the event as best as possible, taking pictures of the animal, surroundings, any injuries received, and anything else that may be pertinent to the series of events. Having accurate records of the extent of the damages will ensure you receive proper compensation.

File a Report
Ensure that a report is filed for the dog bite. Many hospitals and emergency rooms will file a report, but it is essential that you file a detailed report either with the police department or other local agency that handles animal control. Police reports are vital for recording the incident and often times is necessary for insurance claims and litigation.

Seek Legal Representation
Obtaining legal representation or receiving legal advice from an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney ensures you take the appropriate steps and receive the proper compensation for your injuries. Legal representation when dealing with insurance companies or in the event that your case requires litigation can make a significant impact in compensation received.

Contact Frederick S. Schwartz if You’ve Been Bitten
Contact the Law Office of Frederick S. Schwartz for a free, no obligation, confidential consultation with the attorney.