What to Do After a Dog Bite
Dog attacks can be extremely traumatic events, both physically and emotionally. In the aftermath of an attack when someone has been injured it is easy to lose your head in the heat of the moment, but it is important to make sure that you can collect yourself and take the appropriate steps to ensure that you are not left footing the bill for the negligence of someone else.
The vast majority of dogs are friendly and good natured animals, which is why it is so easy to be caught unawares by an aggressive or dangerous animal, leading to serious injury. Children are especially vulnerable to dog bite injures for this and other reasons.
Follow These Steps
In the event of a dog attack, be sure that you take the appropriate steps to move forward:
- If there are serious injuries, immediately call an ambulance for emergency medical attention
- Write down the dog owner’s information: name, address, insurance information, and telephone number.
- If the person supervising the dog is not the owner, get their information as well.
- Try to identify any possible witnesses nearby, and ask for contact information.
- Report the incident to the local health department.
- Get examined by a doctor as soon as you can. Even if you do not immediately appear to be seriously injured, injuries from the attack may show up later.
Following these steps will help ensure that you and your loved ones are cared for medically and minimizes the chance of being forced to pay out of pocket for expenses resulting from the incident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, you should never be left holding the bill for the dog owner’s negligence. Contact an experienced and knowledgeable Cincinnati personal injury attorney of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, by calling 513-321-7733 today to discuss the details of your case.