Dos and Don’s After a Dog Bite
There are a lot of different reasons as to why a dog bite can happen in the first place. At the end of the day, you’re going to need to make sure that you appropriately address a dog bite just as soon as possible to limit the damage and to move forward in as safe a way as possible. Here are a couple of things you’ll want to do as well as a handful of things you won’t!
Is a Dog Bite a Personal Injury and Can It Be Claimed?
A dog bite is a personal injury. If the injury was an accident and at no fault of the injured person, then you will be able to claim it. The owner is fully responsible for the animal, and while each situation is different, the owner would be responsible for compensation through their insurance.
In order to know how to handle your specific situation, contacting a personal injury lawyer is the best place to start. This will help you reach a settlement that is appropriate and tailored to you.
DO Seek Medical Attention
If you are only dealing with a handful of superficial wounds, all you really have to do is run the wound under water and then add a bit of hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean things out. Add some antibiotic, cover up with a bandage, and you’ll be good to go.
If, on the other hand, you are dealing with puncture wounds, visit a hospital or clinic right away. Be sure to document your injures with a camera or your smartphone, keep copies of all medical records, and keep receipts for any bandages or medication.
DON’T Chase a Strange Dog
If you have been bitten by a dog that you aren’t familiar with, there is absolutely zero reason for you to chase the dog down, to try and catch it, or to try and capture it. Instead contact the authorities immediately and get yourself to the hospital ASAP so that you can be checked out and cleared.
DO Collect Information
Unless your injuries prohibit it, try to collect as much information and evidence as you can. It will be helpful in establishing your case down the road. Take pictures of the scene and your injuries. Collect contact information for any witnesses and write down or record their witness statements.
Don’t Make Assumptions
If you have been bitten by a dog, don’t assume that the dog is healthy. Don’t assume that this is a one-time mistake that has never happened before and will never happen again. Do not make any assumptions about the liability of the dog owner. It is always best to proceed with caution, because you never know if the dog has rabies, for example.
In the province of Ontario, the dog owner is responsible for any injuries caused by their pet. You may be entitled to a cash settlement to account for your pain and suffering. Contact Zuber Brioux personal injury lawyers in Ottawa or Kingston to learn more.