What to Do After a Dog Bite
Feb. 25, 2021
There are approximately 78 million dogs in the U.S. Of those dogs, there is a reported 4.5 million dog bites (19%). Of those cases, a total of $530,000,000 were filed as claims. If you are wondering what to do after a dog bite, enjoy this brief 4 step plan explaining.
Examine the Wound and Seek Medical Attention if Needed
If you have been bitten by a dog, your recommended first step should always be to assess the wound and determine whether you need immediate medical attention or not. Even if you feel the severity of the wound is not high, you could be subject to infections that would require medical attention, resulting in having to pay fees. As a result, might be eligible for legal compensation.
Aquire Contact Information of The Dog’s Owner
It is vital to receive the full name, address, and phone number of the pet’s owner. Additionally, get the phone number of anybody who may have witnessed the incident. Doing this can provide specific details of the event needed for the court or law enforcement.
Documentation of The Dog Bite
Before treatment, be sure to take pictures of the wound and the location of where the bite occurred. This is important because a lot will be going on, and your memory may not serve you well. Additionally, this documentation will assist the police or judge in the future.
Get in Touch with A Dog Bite Attorney
Getting bit by a dog is a scarring and painful experience with lots of expenses involved. In fact, a large number of dog bite cases end up getting a substantial amount of compensation. However, California law states that you have only two years from the exact date of the dog bite to do so. Do not delay the process of contacting an attorney to help you.
*This article provides only general information and is not intended to be legal advice. Applicable laws, facts, and results vary and you should contact an appropriate personal injury and accident attorney immediately to ensure that your legal rights are protected.