Dog Bite Injuries – What To Do If You’ve Been Attacked By A Dog
- Seek Medical Attention Immediately!
Dog bites pose a serious health risk. Not only do puncture wounds require immediate attention, they’re susceptible to infection, and should be examined by a physician. If the bite is serious and poses an urgent health threat, visit an emergency room as soon as possible.
Dog bites cause irregular wounds that often heal with unsightly scars. A plastic surgeon is often called to the emergency room to do a surgical repair to a major wound.
- Identify the Dog Responsible
Most dog bites are covered under a homeowners’ insurance policy, so it is important to identify the dog and the owner as soon as possible after a bite. The process of legal compensation begins by identifying the dog. From there, you’ll ultimately be able to identify the owner, who is the responsible party in dog-bite scenarios. The dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance is often the source of compensation for dog bite injuries.
- Report the Dog Bite
In order to prevent such incidents in the future, as well as to determine if the animal has rabies, you should notify the local police or animal control department promptly. The owner should be made aware of the attack to ensure appropriate steps are taken in handling the dog.
- Document the Injury with Photographs
Take photographs to accurately document the event. Take pictures of your injuries immediately. Continue to take pictures of injuries as the wounds begin to heal. Keep copies of medical reports and medical bills. Take pictures of enclosure or property where dog is kept. Take pictures where the attack occurred. Get the contact information of any witnesses.
Images of the following will prove to be some of your most effective pieces of evidence:
- Broken skin of any kind
- The scene of the attack
- The dog itself
During this time, it’s of utmost importance to not give any information involving the incident to an insurance company without having legal representation. In the same vein, do not sign any documents without your legal representation present. Also keep in mind that the damages incurred from the attack may have lasting consequences, so settling too quickly could result in a loss of entitled compensation.
If you or someone you love have been attacked by a dog, call the Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorneys right away for a free consultation.
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