Being bitten by a dog can be incredibly traumatic. The most important thing is to be sure you're all right. Your safety is the most important thing, so if the dog is off leash and roaming free, get out of the area as soon as you're able.
If the dog owner is present and has regained control of their pet, be sure to get their name and contact information — you will need this. It’s also good to get any witnesses' names should you need them later.
You should make sure to report the incident to animal control or the police, even if the dog was leashed and with their owner. The city has standard procedures they follow after a dog has bitten someone.
If the dog bite has broken the skin or injured you in any way, you should see a doctor. It's important to get properly treated, because a dog bite can transfer bacteria and infect the wound if not cared for. In addition, you want to have documentation of your damages, and getting medical treatment is one of the best ways to document the severity of the dog attack injury.
Take photos of the affected area as soon as possible. Any facts, documentation, or information about the incident will be helpful.
To recover damages for a dog bite, you should consult with our office. You and your attorney most likely need to contact the dog owner’s insurance company, as most dog bites are covered by homeowner’s policies.
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