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Dog attacks can strike without warning. And often, many victims don’t take the necessary steps to seek legal compensation for their injuries. That’s why it is always wise to know what to do right away in the event you are bitten by a dog.
Here are the 5 steps you can take to protect your health and to avoid any high medical bills in relation to an attack.
If the bite results in a serious injury and there is a significant amount of bleeding, or if you have endured a head and neck injury, you should always call 911 immediately. If possible, try to document your injury or call the appropriate authorities to do so.
When a dog attack hasn’t resulted in an emergency situation, first, call animal control and the police to notify them of the incident. If the bite is from an unknown dog or street dog, they could have disease or rabies so don’t try to catch it. Let animal control capture the dog. If the bite is from a dog with an owner who is present, make sure to get their contact number so you can get proof of the dog’s vaccinations from their veterinarian.
Start taking photos of the incident. Take some of the dog, your injury, the owner, and the area it happened. If there are witnesses, be sure to take their contact details. This will help your chances of receiving compensation from your insurance company or in court, if necessary.
When it comes to a dog attack, even if the injury is minor, you should always have it looked at by a doctor to ensure there is no bacteria or potential for anything serious to develop. If the attack occurred from an unknown or stray dog, then it is imperative that you seek medical attention right away.
In the event that a dog bites you, always follow the steps above and then hire an attorney. If your injury is serious and requires medical attention, you could be eligible for compensation.
If you are someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite, call Zuber Brioux right away so we can help you get the compensation you deserve. We are ready to fight for your rights and help you avoid having to pay any medical costs because of an unexpected attack. For a free consultation, call Zuber Brioux today!