Dog bites account for some of the highest amounts of personal injuries in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year an estimated 4.5 million citizens are the victims of dog bites. Of this astounding number, more than 350,000 victims are sent to the emergency room because of the severity of their wounds. The fallout of these dog attacks can be long-lasting; leaving many victims needing ongoing care and even emotional therapy. Though the law holds dog owners responsible for the actions of their pets, it is important that those who have been injured by a dog be conscientious about the steps they take after the incident. A dog bite victim should always:
- Obtain the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the attack. Also, record the name of the dog’s owner and the person who was in charge of the dog at the time of the incident (if other than the owner).
- Get picture evidence of all wounds and injuries, regardless of how minor they first appear.
- Seek medical attention as soon after the attack as possible. Make sure to get full records from medical staff about the seriousness of the injuries caused by the incident. Even those that weren’t directly caused by a bite. For example, if you suffered a broken or sprained wrist because of being knocked to the ground by the dog, you’ll need to have that injury documented along with the others.
- Contact animal control to report the attack while cooperating with investigating officers.
Be sure to include any relevant information and contact your local personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. Your claim depends on full and detailed records delivered to your lawyer in a timely manner. By being conscientious about your responsibilities you help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Visit our site to fill out our free case review form to schedule a consultation.