Approximately 1,000 people go to the ER annually for dog bite injuries. While a dog may be man’s best friend, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people in the United States each year. Knowing what to do if a dog bites you can help you be more prepared for a serious emergency situation in the future. Follow these steps after you have been bitten by a dog.
Get to a Safe Space
After suffering a dog bite, you should get to a safe space and assess your injuries. Walk quickly to a safe distance to assess your situation properly. Never run to safety as often this may reactivate the dog’s instincts to chase you, and even attack you more. Next, assess your injuries. Determine whether or not you need immediate medical care. If you can’t bring yourself to the hospital, call 911. If you can, before you drive yourself to the emergency room, legal professionals suggest taking photos of your injuries. Keep a record of all of these photos and notes to show your personal injury attorney. If you can do so safely, visit the scene of the attack again and take pictures there too.
If the dog owner is present with the dog, get their personal information. Some information you should gather includes:
- Name of the dog
- Name of the owner
- Owner’s address
- Owner’s contact information (telephone and email address)
The best way to gather some of this information is to photograph the owner’s driver’s license (if applicable). If the person with the dog and/or the owner isn’t willing to speak with you, never chase them down or physically retain them as this may cause future trouble when being a lawsuit for the dog bite.
Seek Medical Help
After gathering this information if possible, seek medical help. If you do not need immediate medical attention, next seek out a veterinarian to determine if the dog that bit you was properly vaccinated. This can be achieved by contacting the dog owner’s vet and asking them to email you a copy of the dog’s vaccination records.
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
Next, consult a personal injury attorney in your area. At Titus Law, LLC, we have countless years of experience helping individuals like you to get the compensation you deserve for your injury, pain and suffering. We strive to remove as much stress from you during this difficult time. We will help fight for your legal rights after you’ve been injured. During our initial consultation, we will discuss with you all of the details of the injury. Our job is to facilitate the process including all the paperwork of the lawsuit at hand. To learn more, call 770-416-8426 today!