What to Do Immediately After a Dog Bite

No matter the circumstances that led up to the dog bite, it is critical for you to seek out the proper steps to protect yourself and others moving forward. If an aggressive dog bites you, it could continue to do so, so seeking shelter from the animal is often the best first step. Then, proceed with the following. A Butte dog bite lawyer from Everett Cook Law can help.

Get Medical Attention

Even if your injuries seem surface-level, dogs can carry disease, and that can put your health at risk. More so, it takes only one bite to cause significant nerve damage in your arm, leg, or other area, and that could impact you in many ways for years to come.

Call the Police

The police can help you to get the initial medical care you need while also getting information about what occurred. If the dog is present, the police officer will ensure it is not able to hurt you. However, it will be important for you to communicate about what happened as thoroughly as you can. Be sure to discuss only the facts of the case, including what you were doing when the dog attacked and what happened after it did.

If you have to go to the hospital before you can document your incident with the police, make sure you file a police report as soon as you can. You may be able to ask the police to come to the hospital to help you with this matter as well.

Get Any Information Available at the Scene

When it is safe to do so, follow these tips for protecting yourself later:

  • Get the name of the dog and the owner, if possible. This will be beneficial to the police later.
  • Take photos of the scene, including any wounds you have.
  • Ask for any witnesses to what occurred to provide you with their name and contact information. Ask them to provide a statement about what occurred.
  • Wait for the police to arrive and then instruct them about anyone who was in the area who could have seen what occurred.

Meet Your Medical Care Needs

Go to the doctor, get the rabies shots you need, and then follow all care instructions provided to you. It is critical that you take every step you can to follow up on the care you need now.

Contact a Dog Bite Attorney 

One of the steps you will need to take at this point is to contact an attorney who can help you navigate the legal rights you have going forward. The owner of the dog is likely to be financially responsible for the losses you have, including any medical bills or losses related to missing work.

By taking these steps, you can then file a comprehensive insurance claim for any of the losses you have with the appropriate parties. Your attorney will also help minimize any further complications to your case, such as being blamed for what happened. By taking action now, you could protect your ability to obtain compensation later.

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