Dog bite incidents can be traumatic for the victim and lead to expensive medical treatments. Knowing what to do following a dog bite can help you prepare for receiving proper treatment.
Ascertain information about dog and its owner
Ask for updated information on the dog’s vaccination, and the owner's name and contact information. If the owner cannot be identified, you may require a series of rabies shots, which are painful and expensive. Additionally, obtain the names and addresses of witnesses to the accident.
Seek professional medical care
There is a risk of infection following a dog bite, which is why you should check with your doctor immediately following the accident to avoid further injury.
Photograph your injuries
After checking with your doctor, take photos of your injuries, wounds, as well as torn and bloody clothing from the attack.
File a dog bite report with city officials
Even if the injury was minor, filing a dog bite report can help your case and provides help to other victims who may have been bitten by the same dog.
Ask for more information about the dog
Contact the dog owner to obtain the dog license information and any previous history regarding the dog's health.
Contact an attorney
Your best chance of compensation is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney and doctor are the two people who will look after your best interest throughout the case.
Keep a diary of event
Keeping a diary of your feelings, medical treatments and thoughts following your injury will aid in settling your case.