Being attacked by a dog can be very difficult, both physically and psychologically. In the event that you are attacked by a dog, it is important to take the proper measures. Reacting the right way will help ensure that you make a full recovery and are compensated appropriately. While it can take a long time to get over the trauma of being attacked by a dog, taking the proper measures can make the process go more smoothly. After being attacked by a dog, do the following things:
Contact Animal Control
Following a dog attack, it is very important to contact animal control. A dog that attacks a human may be considered a menace and will need to be evaluated by a professional. In some cases, a dog may be quarantined after it attacks a person, and sometimes it may be necessary to euthanize a dog if it is determined that it is a high-risk animal. Animal control will also get in contact with the owner of the dog and ask him or her to provide proof that the dog has received its rabies vaccine.
Seek Medical Care
After being attacked by a dog, you should always seek medical care. The sooner you can get to a hospital or see your doctor the better. Even if your injuries are not severe, you need to have the wounds properly cleaned. Failure to seek medical care can lead to your wounds becoming infected, which can cause further complications. If the owner of the dog who attacked you is unable to provide proof that the dog is current on its rabies vaccination, your doctor may want you to undergo preventative measures to ensure that you do not contract rabies.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
In most states, the owner of the dog is held liable if the dog attacks a person. If you have been attacked by a dog, you are entitled to compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and any ongoing counseling that you may need to get over the trauma of the attack. Your best option may be to hire a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will get in contact with the owner of the dog on your behalf and begin the claim process. In most cases, a settlement will be provided by the dog owner's homeowners insurance policy. You can count on your attorney to negotiate with the insurance company to secure a fair settlement.
Contact a law office like the Law Office of Dana Stricker to learn more.