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What to Do after a Dog Bite

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Connecticut Dog Bite Attorneys

If you have been attacked by a dog, your actions in the next hours and days are important for your health and safety.  At Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, our Connecticut dog bite attorneys also feel that this time is crucial for protecting your rights to compensation should you decide to pursue it.

Seek Medical Attention

The first thing to do after the dog attack is get medical attention for the injuries suffered by any and all parties involved. Use your judgment about the level of medical attention necessary, such as whether to go to the emergency room or if you can call your regular doctor.

Make sure to document all injuries. You might even have the doctor take pictures with your camera.

Gather Information about the Dog and the Attack

Try to find out who owns the dog that attacked you. Contact witnesses of the attack. Make sure you have their full names, addresses, and consent to act as witnesses.

Contact local animal control about the attack. It is important that you report the attack so authorities know about potentially dangerous dogs and can determine what is the best course of action to control them. Animal control may be able to tell you whether the dog has attacked people before.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer

At this point, you do not know the full extent of your medical expenses, so it’s best to contact personal injury lawyers who can potentially help you obtain compensation from the dog owner. See How to Choose a Dog Bite Lawyer for information on finding the right Connecticut dog bite lawyer for you.

Limit Contact with Dog Owner and Insurance Company

You do not have to contact the dog owner about the attack until you actually file a lawsuit. Talking to the dog’s owner is more likely to hurt your case than help it. You are also not required to give a statement to the dog owner’s insurance company, though they may request it, and you should be skeptical of any offer made by the insurance company. Have it reviewed by your lawyer before discussing it.

If you have been the victim of a dog attack and need legal assistance, please contact the experienced Connecticut dog bite attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh today.  Our lawyers help dog bite victims in Danbury, Waterbury, Stamford, New Haven, Ridgefield and throughout Connecticut.