What Should I Do If I Was Bitten by a Pit Bull?
The pit bull is a dog breed that is commonly associated with serious and fatal bites and attacks. While proponents and supporters of the breed insist that pit bulls on the whole are misunderstood and that many of the attacks in which pit bulls are involved are not the result of any vicious tendency inherent in the breed, the fact remains that pit bulls are responsible for a large percentage of fatal dog bites and attacks.
The pain and trauma caused by a pit bull bite or attack can easily cause the victim to panic and fail to take appropriate actions to protect their physical and legal rights. Knowing what to do following a pit bull attack can help increase the chances of you or your loved one making a full and complete recovery.
First Things First – Get Medical Attention Fast!
Whenever you are bitten by a pit bull or any other dog, it is critical that you obtain prompt medical treatment for your injuries. Quick medical intervention can help stop serious bleeding and decrease the incidence of scarring or other disfiguring injuries, and it can also be necessary to properly treat communicable diseases such as rabies that were transmitted through a pit bull bite.
Just as it is important to seek initial treatment as soon as possible, you must also ensure that you keep all follow-up appointments with your doctor and take any prescription medication exactly as prescribed. Failing to do this important follow-up work can limit your ability to recover full and fair compensation.
Recording the Details of Your Pit Bull Attack
Once you have received medical attention and care for your wounds, you should attempt to record your recollection about the incident as soon as is practical. Documenting your memories–either through an audio or visual recording or by writing down your recollections–provides you with a tangible way to refresh your memory about the events surrounding the attack at a time when those memories are likely to be freshest in your mind. This will help you prepare for giving a statement about the attack to an insurance adjustor or a court, as well as ensure that the statements you do provide are consistent.
When recording your statement, try to provide as many details as possible about the event:
- What were you doing before the attack?
- Did you see the pit bull approach you?
- What did the dog look like?
- How did the attack begin?
- What did you do when the dog began attacking you?
- How did the attack end?
- Did you recognize the dog?
- Did the owner of the dog speak with you after the attack?
Speak with a Pit Bull Attack Attorney as Soon as Possible
Finally, you should get in touch with a dog bite attorney in your state as soon as you can. You may have the right to bring a lawsuit against the dog’s owner and recover financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses – but you only have a limited time in which to do this.
At Zinda Law Group, PLLC, our team of experienced and dedicated pit bull bite attorneys are ready to assist you with your compensation claim. Call us at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation.