What to Do After a Dog Bite

Dog bite incidents can be very traumatic for the person involved. This trauma can cause people to forget the small steps needed to ensure they can effectively pursue a case against the owner of the dog.

The first thing you want to do after a dog bite will serve two purposes. You want to contact the police/animal control to make sure that your health is protected and to document the incident. When they come out they will check for the dog’s vaccination records. They can also do a rabies quarantine to make sure that your health (and the health of the other people affected by the dog) is taken into consideration. The other thing they’re going to do is document the incident. That’s going to be key evidence in your case to show that the incident did actually occur, what happened, and who owned the dog.

The next thing you want to do is make sure you get any necessary medical help. Sometimes that will be the very first thing you do. In addition to tearing of flesh, dog bites can cause significant infections. Many people have serious problems from a dog bite due to improper treatment of the wound and infection.

Next thing to do is document the incident. You want to take photos of your injuries. Start on the day it happens and take pictures every day afterwards so you can document the healing process. You also want to get the names, phone numbers, addresses and any other contact information you can for any eye witnesses. You just want to make sure that you can find those people when they’re needed.

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