When Dogs Attack: What to Do if a Dog Bites You

May 22, 2014

Dog Bites

what to do after a dog attackBeing attacked by a dog can be a traumatic experience even when no one is seriously injured. When you or a loved one is severely hurt in a dog attack, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help or what your legal options might be.

Below we take a look at what to do if a dog bites you to protect your rights and ensure that your rights are handled appropriately.

Seek Medical Attention

Be sure to obtain proper medical care as soon as possible. If the injuries appear to be particularly serious, do not hesitate to visit the emergency room or call for emergency responders if necessary.

Document the Incident

It is important to properly document the dog attack as soon as possible after the incident while the details of the event are fresh in your mind.

In some cases, it may even be possible to obtain pictures of the dog responsible for the injury while you are still at the scene of the incident. Obviously, be sure to exercise proper care in obtaining these pictures in order to avoid provoking the animal any further. Be sure to also photograph your wounds and any other injuries.

While it may not be necessary to call for emergency assistance to the scene of the attack, it is important to report the incident to the police or animal control. Be sure to contact the authorities as soon as possible if the dog was running wild at the time of the incident.

Speak with Attorney as Soon as Possible

If you’ve been seriously injured in a dog attack due to someone else’s negligence, it may be important to speak with a dog bite attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your rights. An experienced injury lawyer may be able to evaluate your case for free and help bring your legal options into focus.

Have you been attacked by a negligent pet owner’s dog in Sarasota? Put an injury law team with experience serving the area today and call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 941-677-2853.

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured by an out of control dog, you may need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer who serves Sarasota. Call Abrahamson & Uiterywk today at 941-677-2853 to put an experience dog bite lawyer to work for you.