Dog bites occur in every neighborhood, in cities or rural areas, by dogs of all different sizes and breeds. Being attacked or bitten by a dog can be an emotional and sometimes traumatizing experience. In the moment things can be quite chaotic, but it’s important to know what to do if you or your child are bitten or injured by someone else’s dog.
What You Need To Do
Discussion and further steps to take
It is important to identify the dog owner and the animal that bit you, because if it is a stray and you cannot identify it, you’re facing the possibility of having to submit to treatment for rabies, which can be painful.
Take photographs of the wounds before they are treated. Be sure to get medical attention, because dog bites can cause infections that could have far-reaching consequences.
You should always make your own report to the agency that does animal control in your jurisdiction. Sometimes it is the animal control department of the city or county, sometimes the humane society, and sometimes the police department. Do not rely on the hospital to make a report for you.
When Speaking To The Insurance Company
If the dog owner is insured, you might get a call from an insurance company representative. You should ask him or her for the following information:
There Are Some Things That You Shouldn’t Do
Contact An Attorney
You are entitled to receive compensation from the animal’s owner, and you might really need that compensation to pay your medical bills, reimburse you for lost income, pay for cosmetic surgery in the future, and help you overcome the pain and suffering from your injuries. Be sure to contact an attorney right away.