Some breeds seem to be especially prone to biting humans. But virtually every dog might potentially attack a visitor or stranger some day. Many dog bite victims are left with serious injuries, disfiguring scars or both.
The moments, hours and days after being bitten by a dog can be painful and frightening, but there are steps you can take to protect your health and your legal right to financial compensation:
- First things first: seek medical attention immediately.
- Try to get a good look at the dog, so you can identify it later.
- If the dog’s owner is present, get his or her name, address, phone number, homeowners’ insurance information and dog license info, or as much of this as possible.
- Get contact information from any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible.
Most important of all, if the medical bills are extensive, and your injuries cause you a lot of pain and force you to miss a significant amount of work, contact a personal injury attorney. A dog owner has a duty to the public to take reasonable steps to control his or her animal. A negligent failure can lead to a serious dog attack, which the owner should be held responsible for, either out of pocket or through insurance.