What to Do After a Dog Bite
Get Medical Attention: If you were bitten by a dog, the most important thing to do is to get medical
attention. If you need immediate help, call 911 and have an ambulance come to the scene. If you do not need an
ambulance, you should go to the emergency room as soon as possible after the bite occurs. Many times dog bites
are more serious than they appear.
Check for rabies: Whenever a dog or animal attack occurs, you always want to make sure the animal is checked
for rabies. If law enforcement cannot check the animal for rabies, you want to ensure that your doctor gives you a
rabies shot to protect you in case the dog was infected.
Avoid infection: Be sure to ask the doctor about the possibility of infection. Dog’s mouths contain germs
and many times the infection from the dog bite can be more serious than the dog bite itself. Infections that are left
untreated can lead to surgery, amputation, or even death.
Get the dog owner’s name, address, and homeowner’s insurance policy: You will want to be sure to get
the important information of the dog’s owner. In case the injuries turn out to be serious you will want to be able to
locate the owner, their dog, and potential homeowner’s insurance policy.
Report it to animal control or law enforcement: It’s important that you report any dog bite or attack to law
enforcement. You want to make sure that animal control ensures that the dog is taken in to be quarantined. This
will ensure that animal control or law enforcement take appropriate actions to protect the public from it happening
again. If the dog bite goes unreported, there is a strong chance that it may happen again.
Find out if the dog has bitten or attacked before: Be sure to ask animal control, law enforcement, or your
neighbors if the dog has bitten or attacked anyone before. Unfortunately, many times this will not be the first time.
Take pictures of your injury: It is important that you document how serious your injury was, both to show animal
control and for any future claims you may have against the homeowner’s insurance.
If your injuries were serious speak to an attorney: You may be entitled to have your medical bills, lost
wages, and other damages compensated for after a dog bite. Many times this area of the law can be difficult and very hard to understand. You may not need
to hire a personal injury attorney but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Have you been injured by a dog or animal attack? Call a Zinda Law Group Dog Bite Lawyer today for a free consultation. We have 16 offices across Texas and are dedicated to helping the victims of dog bite injuries.