Three Things You Should Immediately Do After Being Bitten by a Dog

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Apr 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dog Bite
If you or someone you know has been attacked and bitten by a dog, there are three things that you need to do immediately. Most people who are involved in a dog attack indicate that it happened very quickly and in most cases without any type of provocation. You will be in shock and you will probably not know what to do so it is important that you take note of these three very important steps.

Contact the police or dog warden immediately

If you are able, you should take pictures of the dog that bit you, where it happened, and the owner or keeper of the dog if that person is present. Once the police or dog warden arrives, you should tell them what happened so they can immediately begin investigating the case, determine who owns the dog or was in charge of the dog at the time you were bitten, and whether or not the dog is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

Seek immediate medical attention

If your skin was punctured or broken by the dog, you need to seek immediate medical attention because one of the greatest risks you will have is having some type of infection as a result of the dog attack. According to the CDC, about 55,000 Americans that have been bitten or scratched by an animal receive a vaccine to prevent rabies each year, so it is important to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. It would be best if you could either be taken to the nearest hospital emergency room via ambulance- if needed- or make sure you visit the local emergency room so you can get treated as soon as possible. If the dog bite wound is severe or in a prominent location such as the face, then you should insist that a plastic surgeon be called in to treat your wound so that you can get an expert to advise you as to the best way to be treated so you can reduce the risk of having an ugly, permanent, and disfiguring scar.

Seek legal counsel

You should also contact an experienced dog bite attorney at the earliest possible moment so that your case can be properly developed, you can be advised as to what you should be doing and so this dog bite lawyer can help you to build value into your case and detail the steps that need to be taken. Our Connecticut dog bite lawyers take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. In other words, you will not have to pay any legal fees or any costs unless and until we recover money damages for you.
Generally speaking, if you have a significant scar that resulted from your dog bite, it will take approximately one year from the date of the attack for your scar to set or get to the point where you are as well as you are going to be with regard to the scar itself. It is very important that you contact our CT dog bite attorneys as there are a great number of things that might do to severely reduce the value of your case and hamper your ultimate recovery.
Our advice and counsel are always free. There is no cost or obligation to contact us so you can learn about what you should be doing. We will even be happy to provide you with our Connecticut dog bite book for free. Don't make a mistake by waiting to contact an experienced Connecticut dog bite lawyer. Find out what you need to know today! Click here to contact us.

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Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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