The first thing you want to do after you have been bitten by a dog is assess the seriousness of your injuries. Are your injuries life-threatening? Do you need immediate medical care? Should someone call an ambulance or take you immediately to the hospital?
Regardless of the seriousness of your injuries, it is critical that you gather as much information as possible. If your injuries demand immediate medical attention, you want to find someone who can obtain the evidence you need to pursue a claim for any losses. Here’s what you need:
- Contact information for the owner of the dog, as well as any witnesses
- Photographs of the scene of the attack, if possible, showing where you were when the dog bit you.
When you seek medical treatment, be sure to tell doctors or nurses about everything that hurts of feels different. Don’t just focus on the most serious injuries. If the dog knocked you down and bit you, make certain the medical people know this. You may have a concussion, soft-tissue injuries, back or joint trauma that won’t be immediately apparent. Make certain that doctors and nurses document all potential injuries, so that they can be tied to this incident if they show up later.
Once you have obtained the medical care you need, go to the animal control agency where you live and file a report. Don’t rely on your doctor or the hospital to do this for you. The animal control agency should then conduct an investigation. Its findings will be available to your lawyer, so that you can use it as evidence to support a claim for any losses you sustain.
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