What To Do

7 Things To Do When You've Been Bitten By A Dog.

Dvonte Cornejo
October 3, 2019

Learn the immediate and long-term steps to take after being bitten or attacked by a dog. Our recommendations are not intended as legal advice.

1. Identify the dog and its owner.

Immediately identify the owner of the dog or the person who had custody of the dog when it attacked you.

Obtain the names and addresses and request proof of rabies vaccination. If this information cannot be obtained, you may be forced to undergo a series of rabies shots, which are expensive (sometime over $3,000).

2. Seek medical care.

Depending upon the severity of the dog bite, contact first responders (9-1-1) for immediate medical attention or have someone drive you to emergency care.

Always seek professional medical treatment after being bitten or attacked by a dog. The risk of infection from a dog bite is far too great to ignore.

3. File a dog bite report.

After you've been medically treated -- even if the injury was minor -- file a dog bite report with the proper city or county authorities.

This legally documents your case and provides help to the next victim who may be bitten or attacked by the same dog. Without a paper trail, authorities cannot enforce effectively.

4. Gather your information.

After identifying the dog and its owner, find out more about the dog. Obtain the dog license information and any records pertaining to its previous history.

Has the dog bitten or attacked a person or animal prior to biting you? Has the dog been legally designated "potentially dangerous" or "dangerous" by authorities?

5. Photograph your injuries.

Take photos of your injuries, even if you need to unwrap gauze. Confer with a doctor or nurse as needed.

They will tell you a safe manner in which to do so. It is also recommended that you photograph all of your wounds, including bruises, as well as all torn, bloody clothing and the location of the dog attack.

6. Contact us.

Contact a dog bite attorney right away. The legal issues surrounding dog bites are always complex and difficult to navigate through.

Your dog bite lawyer is the only person besides the medical doctor who treats your injuries that will look after your best interest from this point forward.

7. Begin a journal.

If you seek medical compensation for your injury, start a journal as soon as you can.

Spend a little time each day recording your thoughts for the few first weeks after the attack. Dog bite claims often take several years to complete. Anticipate keeping this journal on a weekly basis over the course of this time.

The most important thing to do is remain calm

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