Dogs are also referred to as man’s best friend. Even though most dogs are sweet, hundreds of thousands of people are bitten by them every month, leaving victims with physical and emotional wounds that last a lifetime.
If a dog bites you or a family member and cuts the skin, taking the right precautions will mean the difference between rapid recovery and a serious infection — and it can also help you get the reimbursement later. In general, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, find and preserve facts in your case, and contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
A dog bite attorney understands the devastating effects a dog bite can have on your life. Even a mild physical wound from a bite can leave a permanent emotional scar. More serious issues are much more difficult to resolve. Although the care and trauma can last weeks, months, or even a lifetime, you must know what to do immediately after an assault. These precautions will help you avoid physical harm and may even save your life.
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite in California
It can be difficult to deal with the effects of a dog bite. You may be uncertain what to do if a dog bites you in some situations. Following a dog attack, there are a few things you should do right away. Depending on the circumstances, you might need to:
Determine who owns the dog. If a dog escapes from your neighbor’s home, it is your neighbor’s duty to catch the dog and confine it. If you don’t recognize your neighbor, inquire about their name and contact details. Ask about vaccine reports as well. If the dog that bit you belongs to a friendly neighbor or someone you’ve never met, you should not discuss the attack with the owner.
Make a call to animal control. It is strongly advised that any dog bite be reported to the local rabies control authority.
Seek medical attention for your injuries. Get medical help right away if you’ve been hurt. Dog bites, in particular, are risky since they carry a high infection risk. You must obey all of your doctor’s instructions and keep all of your care paperwork. This will aid in the documentation of your injuries as you plan to file a compensation claim.
Collect proof of the attack. Take pictures of the dog, the attack site, and your injury if you are able. Get the names and contact details of any witnesses so your counsel can follow up with them later. Keep any ripped or bloody clothes you were wearing, as they may be used as evidence.
Most importantly, contact an experienced dog bite attorney.
Sadly, filing a compensation claim can be time-consuming, complicated, and frustrating. The insurance company for the dog owner will do all they can to reduce your payout or refuse your claim entirely. This is why you need Ghozland Law Firm’s experienced dog bite attorney by your side from the beginning, relentlessly fighting for the complete and fair compensation you need to recover. Contact us today for a free consultation.