Next Legal Steps After a Dog Bite 

 April 10, 2013

By  LMW Attorneys

Being bitten by a dog is an unfortunate event that can happen anywhere or anytime. If you find yourself in a situation where you are being bitten by a dog, it is important not to pull or yank yourself away from the dog as doing so causes the dog to hold onto to you much tighter. Instead, try to find a large stick or something of similar shape that you can use to gag the dog to make him release you.

If the dog bite wound is not too deep or very serious, you can treat yourself at home. It is important to immediately wash the wound with soap and water and apply antibiotic cream with a bandage. It is possible for an infection to develop from a dog bite. If this occurs, it is very important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Some stray dogs may have rabies, so it’s a good idea to see a doctor regardless of the severity of the wound to make sure you were not bitten by an infected dog.

If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries. After being bitten, call your local police and animal control to report the incident. You homeowner’s insurance may cover dog bites, but not all policies do. If you are interested in filing a lawsuit, most personal injury lawyers will be able to help you with your claim. You will need to set up a consultation with a lawyer to discuss your case prior to filing suit.

If the dog that bit you was not on a leash when it bit you, that is in direct violation of the leash law. Ultimately if the dog that bit you has an owner, the responsibility for the dog’s actions fall on them. It is important to know all of your options after being bitten by a dog. The best person to work with to receive any compensation you are owed is a lawyer. Only a lawyer can help you determine the best course of action to take for your case.