Handling a Dog Bite Claim
A dog attack can be extremely traumatic but afterwards there are some important things that you want to keep in mind.
First, you need to contact your local animal control or police department. Make sure that they are going to come out to do a report. That will document that the incident occurred but also collect the information about who owns the dog, who’s responsible for it, and will give you an avenue to find out vaccination information. Make sure that the dog is up to date on its rabies shots and vaccinations so that you can make sure that your health is taken care of.
You will also want to get medical help if needed. It’s very important. Dog’s mouths have all sorts of bacteria and can cause infection extremely easily. So make sure to go to the hospital, get checked out, and see that your wound is treated and taken care of appropriately.
The next thing you want to take care of is documentation. That means collecting evidence of what happened. You will want to take daily photos of your bite and your injuries. Make sure that you’re documenting those regularly, so that the healing progress can be shown to a jury in your case.
The next thing you want to do is collect the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses. You want to make sure that you can find those people later in case you need them to back up your story.
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