What to Do if a Dog Bites or Attacks You

The shock and adrenaline of a dog bite or attack can overwhelm the situation. However, it’s important to act immediately if it happens to you or a loved one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers helpful tips for people who have been bitten or attacked by a dog.

  1. Protect yourself by putting something between you and the dog. If you are knocked down, protect your head and neck by tucking into a ball and placing your hands over your ears and neck.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention when you get to a safe place. 
  3. Report the bite with the police or your local animal control agency.

We also recommend taking photos of your injuries as soon as you have received all necessary medical care.

Getting medical attention and reporting a dog bite are very important for several reasons. Dogs can carry rabies if they do not receive timely vaccinations. You could be at risk for getting very sick, and the dog could bite and infect more people if it does have rabies. In addition, dog bites can cause serious infections like MRSA and tetanus. Only by seeing a physician can you be sure you are taking the necessary precautions to prevent serious illnesses after a dog bite.

Getting Legal Help

After receiving medical care, consider speaking with an attorney to seek compensation for your medical bills, time away from work, and other financial losses related to the incident. He or she can also deal with the insurance company, help avoid a misunderstanding being used against you, and ensure you receive a fair financial recovery.

For more than 70 years, CaseyGerry has helped people who were hurt due to someone else’s carelessness. If you were bitten or attacked by a dog, our firm has the knowledge, expertise and resources to help you. We welcome you to contact our firm at (619) 238-1811. An attorney will explain your rights and what to expect.

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