What to Do After a Dog Bite

Last updated on: June 23, 2016

Get Medical Attention

If you have been 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 have thousands of 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 offices in Texas, Colorado and Arizona including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Midland, Houston, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and are dedicated to helping the victims of personal injuries.