Steps to Take If You Have Been Bitten by a Dog

Although the initial reaction may be to panic, maintaining a calm demeanor after being bitten by a dog can help you in the long run. If you sustain a bite from a dog, here are important steps to take to avoid expensive medical bills.

Actions to Take Immediately

•    Take pictures of the wound. Although they may be graphic, these ensure you have evidence.
•    If the dog has an owner, be sure to take down their name and address. If the owner was not the person in custody of the dog at the time, be sure to collect their information. If there were any witnesses, be sure to do the same for them as well.
•    See your doctor or go to the emergency room. Obtain any of the necessary paperwork to prove that you went in for treatment.

What To Do Next

•    Ensure you have information from the dog’s owner. You may only receive compensation if you can prove the dog belongs to someone. 
•    Consult with a lawyer on the next steps to take in this matter. Dog bites are a common case personal injury attorneys deal with on a regular basis. 
Contact Doherty Law Offices in West Bend to learn more about the legal actions to take after being bitten by a dog.