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What Should I Do After a Dog Bite Injury?

What Should I Do After a Dog Bite Injury?

Now that the weather is finally beginning to warm up and the days seem longer, more of us will spend time outdoors to enjoy the sunlight and the beauty of spring. Your outings might also include frequent encounters with man’s best friend and, while many of us love dogs and even consider them to be extended members of our family, in the care of a negligent owner, a dog can be incredibly dangerous. What should you do in the event of an attack?

Here are some steps you should keep in mind if you or your child ever sustain a dog bite injury:

  • Seek medical attention: Immediate medical assistance is particularly crucial when dealing with puncture wounds since such wounds are prone to infection and not all dogs are vaccinated against rabies. If possible, try to get a few pictures of the wounds prior to receiving treatment to ensure you have evidence that accurately depicts the amount of harm done.
  • Swap contact information: Dog bite incidents are a lot like car accidents in many ways. Not only is it necessary to seek medical attention as soon as possible, but both you and the negligent dog owner should exchange contact information, such as names and addresses in order to contact them later on. You will need to verify the dog’s vaccination history later on, so do not skip this crucial step.
  • Obtain witness contact information: If anyone witnessed the attack occur, it is imperative that you obtain their information as well. The account of one or more witnesses can offer the support your claim needs to give you a better chance of obtaining compensation for your injuries.
  • Reach out to animal control: People often skip this step because they are afraid of the consequences it might have on the dog. The fact is that filing a report with the local animal control agency can help keep similar incidents from occurring in the future and might even help your own case.

Of course, many of us would rather avoid an incident like this altogether. While many adults understand how to behave around dogs and know not to pet one without asking first, children are less aware of the risks. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children are between the ages of 5 to 9 are the most frequent dog bite victims.

Help prevent your child from sustaining a dog bite injury by teaching them the following:

  • Never pet a dog without asking the owner first
  • Always let a dog sniff you and see you prior to petting it
  • Never run away from or toward a dog
  • Remain calm if an unfamiliar dog approaches you, do not look into its eyes, and slowly back away
  • In the event that a dog tries to bite you, put whatever you can between you and the dog or roll into a ball, keep your face covered, and be still

Speak to a Dog Bite Injury Attorney at Morgan & Murphy

If you or your child was bitten by a dog, you need an attorney on your side to fight for compensation on your behalf. At Morgan & Murphy, our dog bite injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to effectively handle your case.

Call us today at (508) 966-7254 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our helpful attorneys.

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