Getting bitten by a dog can be a scary, serious and sometimes awkward situation. Often it happens unexpectedly, so there’s little time to prevent the accident from occurring. If the dog is owned by a family or friend, it can also be extremely uncomfortable trying to figure out how to manage the incident, especially when medical bills are involved.
Here are four things you must do if you’ve been bitten:
1. Get away from the dog
This should be obvious, but it’s necessary to mention anyway. If you’re ever attacked by a dog (or wild animal for that matter) you need to prevent further injury by getting to a safe place. Doing so could also help decrease medical bills and simplify legal matters later on.
“Do not leave a wound and forget about it.”
2. Treat the wound
After reaching a safe place, treat the wound immediately. Do not, under any circumstance, leave it and forget it. While some wounds can heal on their own, they can also become infected. Not only is this a health risk, it can also complicate legal matters. For example, you’ll have a better chance of winning your case by proving you made an effort to treat the wound and recover.
3. Identify the owner
After you’ve treated your wound, you need to figure out who owns the dog. Obtain names and addresses and witness information. The owners will be able to let you know whether the dog has undergone rabies shots. It’s also important to have their information in case you have to take them to court.
4. Call a personal injury attorney
You’ll receive 33 percent more compensation by hiring an attorney to work on your dog bite case. The attorneys at The Advocates will put together a winning case by compiling pictures, records, testimonials and insurance policies.