Every day, more than 1,000 people throughout the U.S. require emergency medical care due to dog attacks. Veterinarians and animal control facilities report almost one million dog attacks every year. Although you may never experience a dog attack, you should know what to do in an emergency.
Prevent Dog Attacks
Dogs can be protective of their space, food, puppies, toys, and their owners. The best way to prevent a dog attack is to let them have their space and stay far away from dogs you’re not familiar with. If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, don’t run away. That will encourage the dog to chase you. Instead, try to stay calm, don’t make eye contact and move away slowly.
Seek Medical Treatment
While you can administer first aid for minor dog attacks, you should see medical treatment especially if you don’t know the dog. Dog bites drive bacteria such as Pasteurella, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus deep into the tissue. Properly cleaning the wound is critical to reducing the probability of infection.Your doctor may also want to suture laceration to reduce scarring depending on where the bite is located. He or she may also want to ensure that tendons aren’t damaged or may need to give you a series of shots in case the dog has rabies.
Report the Dog Attack
Take photographs of the incident, gather witnesses and report the dog attack to Animal Control. Obtain as much information about the dog as possible including where it lives, who the owners are, and vaccination history. Find out if the dog has a record of attacking other people or animals and be sure to cooperate with investigators.
Find the Right Lawyer
Contact a specialized lawyer who has experience dealing with dog attack lawsuits right away, especially before you’re asked to make a statement. The issues associated with dog attacks and the resulting bites are complex and problematic to get through. A personal injury lawyer that specializes in dog attacks will look after your best interests.Dog attacks are generally covered under the dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy. However trying to deal with a big insurance company without a personal injury lawyer by your side could leave you with mountains of unpaid medical bills. This is just one of many reasons it’s so important to hire a specialized lawyer that knows what to do. Here are a few of the things a personal injury lawyer that specializes in dog attacks may do for you.
- Send out investigators to gather evidence
- Prove that the dog was “at large” when it attacked you
- Find out if the dog has a record of dangerous habits
- Hire the experts that may be needed to prove your case
- Cover your upfront charges
- Clearly answer any of your or legal questions
- Keep you up-to-date on your dog attack case
If you’ve experienced a dog attack, contact Allen & Associates right away to avoid expensive and often ongoing medical bills. Protect yourself from what may be a life changing injury.