Steps To Take After a Dog Bite

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Being bitten by a dog can be traumatic and painful for you or your child. Because a dog bite can cause severe bleeding, nerve damage, and infection, it’s important you know what steps to take after an attack to prevent complications and get evidence for your legal claim.

After you or your child have been bitten by a dog, you should:

  • Identify the dog and its owner.
    Try to identify the dog by determining which house or person it belongs to. If you can identify the owner, get his or her contact information.
  • Get medical attention.
    If the bite is severe, call 911 right away to get prompt emergency medical attention. If left untreated, some bites can cause permanent damage and even be life-threatening. A medical report of your injuries can also act as evidence for your claim.
  • File a bite report.
    No matter how severe or minor the bite is, you should report it to your city or county animal control office. This can help prove the dog is prone to biting, and if the dog was ever reported to bite in the past, it can strengthen your legal claim.
  • Call a lawyer.
    Get in touch with a dog bite lawyer from Terry Bryant as soon as possible after the attack. The sooner you call, the more evidence can be collected to support your case.

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At Terry Bryant, we know dog bite injuries can disrupt your life—especially if you’re too hurt to go back to work. But you shouldn’t have to pay for an injury that’s not your fault. Let our dog bite attorneys help you move forward with your life. Call today.