What to Do if a Dog Bites You

by Harper & Harper | 10/18/2019 | What to Do if  a Dog  Bites You

Did a dog bite you, a loved one, or your pet? Depending on the location of the wound and the particular canine, it could be serious. The first thing to do is to treat the wound. Dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria. The wound is an infection risk because it comes in contact with the dog’s saliva. Avoiding infection is important. In addition, if the dog isn’t vaccinated, they can transfer rabies.

If you are in this scenario, you aren’t alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, around 4.7 million people are injured by dog bites each year. Of those 800,000 of those bites result in medical care (caninejournal.com).

Act quickly when a dog bites you or a family member.

Your doctor will advise how to care for the injury and may prescribe medication as a defense against infection. There is also the possibility of stiches depending on the severity of the wound. Follow your discharge instructions closely and beware of any increase in redness, swelling, and fever. These could be signs of infection.

What’s next? You can help ensure the dog does not hurt another adult, child, infant, pet, or other animal by pursuing legal action. In addition, you could be entitled to personal injury damages. The next very important step is contacting your attorneys at Harper & Harper. We will provide you with information about your legal claim. Experts advise hiring an experienced attorney because of the complicated nature of dog bite cases. Also, if you make a claim with the dog owner’s insurance company, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney. Lawyers are experienced in negotiating fair settlements.

You don’t have to be alone in this process. We are in your corner.

Dogs are man’s best friend. Our furry, four-legged friends are normally a source of love, healing, and companionship. But dog bites are serious and should be handled with care. No matter what you decide, be sure to seek medical attention the same day as the bite. Call us at 219-762-9538.

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