It can happen when you least expect it, someone’s dog bites you at a park or a gathering in their home.
After the initial shock and trip to the emergency room, you could endure lifelong physical and emotional scars. The steps you take next could determine the level of restitution you receive in the event that it becomes necessary to seek it.
1. Exchange information with the owner
In order to reach the dog’s owner after a bite occurs, exchange information with this person. The swap should include names, phone numbers and addresses. You should also obtain the dog’s breed and vaccination records in case they impact medical needs.
2. Speak with witnesses
Get the contact information of anyone who saw the dog bite you. If you are too busy seeking medical attention, ask whoever you were with to get these details for you. In the event that you file a lawsuit or insurance claim, eyewitness statements can be valuable.
3. Report the incident to animal control
Reports to animal control agencies help prevent repeat dog bites by the same animal. Further, the inquiry into your injury could assist you later on if you need to seek restitution.
4. Retain documentation
Keep any and all documentation related to your wound. This includes medical records, associated bills, photos and witness statements. Also, retain photos of your injury at various intervals during your recovery and document any missed work and pay.
Experiencing a dog bite is an overwhelming experience. Follow these steps to help you protect your interests as you get through this tough time.