Dogs are man’s best friend and, given the great sense of companionship
and loyalty these animals provide, it is no wonder that so many households
consider their dog another memory of the family. However, in the hands
of a negligent owner, a dog can become a danger to members of its own
household as well as any other person it might encounter. What should
you do after sustaining a dog bite injury? These injuries can have serious
legal, medical, and financial consequences, so understanding what to do
in the aftermath of one is highly critical.
We have compiled a list of steps you should take after sustaining a dog
Seek medical care: Of course, one of the first things you should do after sustaining a dog
bite injury is to seek immediate medical attention. This is especially
important for puncture wounds and other serious bite wounds that are more
susceptible to infection. Moreover, not all dogs are vaccinated against
rabies, so always make medical treatment a priority. If you have a chance,
you should also take pictures of your dog bite wounds prior to treatment.
Exchange information: Much like what you would do after being involved in a motor vehicle accident,
you and the dog’s owner should exchange information, such as the
person’s name, address, and contact information, so you can easily
contact them later on and to verify the dog’s vaccination history.
Witnesses: If anyone witnessed the dog bite incident, be sure to collect their contact
information as well. Having eye witness testimony to describe what transpired
can help strengthen your case and paint a more accurate picture of how
this incident occurred.
Animal control: To help prevent an incident like this from occurring again, you should
file a report with your local animal control agency. This can also help
your own case, so do not neglect this important step.
You should also take the proper steps to document your dog bite injury,
including photos of the injury, journal entries regarding any pain or
decreased mobility, medical records, and other written records that could
potentially support your claim. It would also be wise to document any
correspondence you have with witnesses, the at-fault party, or the insurance company.
Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys in Odessa
If you sustained a dog bite injury because the owner or caregiver was negligent
or careless, you should not suffer in silence. You have the right to pursue
fair and just compensation and, at Dean Law Firm in Odessa, we will work
tirelessly to help ensure you are able to hold the responsible party liable
for your injuries. Backed by a proven track record of success that includes
tens of millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, you can
rest assured that your case will be in good hands with us.
Get started on your
dog bite injury case today and
contact our law firm at (432) 214-8125 to request a free initial case evaluation
with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys.