Most victims are not sure what to do after a dog bite that results in serious injury. After all, it’s (hopefully) not a common situation for any of us to have to deal with.
And, considering the dog bite statistics in the U.S., we believe it’s important to know the basic steps for your health and pursuing legal actions.
More than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. And, about 20% of these bites are severe enough to require medical attention. In addition, approximately one-fourth of all victims end up developing potentially dangerous infections. This includes those who fail to seek immediate treatment because they don’t think their wounds are serious.Do You Have a Case?
We are not medical doctors, we’re a law firm, but we want to emphasize that nothing is more important than your health in the event of a serious dog bite or animal attack. Please seek medical attention, first and foremost.
While some dog bites may appear minor, as many as 25% become infected. Therefore, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you or your child are bitten by a dog, especially one that is unfamiliar.
If the wound is deep or bleeding excessively, call an ambulance or go to the emergency room or a nearby urgent care facility. Press a clean, dry cloth firmly against the wound to staunch the bleeding while you wait for help.
For less severe dog bites, you can perform the following first aid procedures if you are unable to see a medical professional right away.
Once you’ve addressed your injuries, you can then begin to think about whether or not you want to take legal action against the owner of the dog.
The following actions will help you achieve a higher settlement if you decide to sue the dog owner. If you are too badly injured to perform these actions, ask a family member or friend for help.
If you were bitten by an unfamiliar dog, it’s important to find out the name, address and contact information of the owner.
The police will file an incident report, which is important if you end up filing a lawsuit for damages. The officers may also be able to help you obtain information about the dog’s owner.
Take photos of your wounds from every angle as soon as possible. These photos will become part of the documentation your attorney will use to prepare your case.
Photograph the dog and the location of the attack. If the dog got loose because of a broken fence or gate, make sure to document those details.
If you want to recover compensation for your injuries, it’s important to document the physical and emotional harm you suffered as a result of the attack.
Most victims are not thinking clearly after being attacked by a dog. This is why it’s crucial to contact a dog bite lawyer (click to see our page) as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will help you avoid costly mistakes and take the steps that are necessary to build a winning case.
If you are the victim of a dog attack, it’s natural to feel disoriented immediately afterwards. However, the steps you take – and don’t take – in those first minutes and hours can have lasting consequences.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, contact us immediately. We know what it takes to win your dog bite lawsuit, and we are ready to fight for the benefits you deserve.
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