Immediate First Steps After Being Bitten by a Dog
If you are bitten or otherwise hurt by a dog, there are a few crucial first steps you need to take. As soon as it happens, make sure you do all of the following:
- Get names and contact information from the dog’s owner and any bystanders. No matter how insignificant the injury may seem in the moment, it could develop into more serious health problems and result in far larger costs than you anticipate. If you start racking up medical bills or other personal expenses related to the dog attack, it will be critical that you know who the dog owner is and how to get in touch with them. If the dog owner objects to your claims that their dog injured you, names and phone numbers of witnesses could prove vitally important to recovering the compensation you need.
- Get immediate medical attention. Even if you aren’t bleeding profusely or exhibiting other symptoms of a major injury, it may be wise to have a medical professional take a look at the damage. This could also ensure your wound or injury is treated properly and keep it from snowballing into a more serious problem, like an infection.
- Contact animal authorities. If you have been injured by a dog without a tag or apparent owner, call animal control right away, especially if you suspect the dog may be rabid or sick. Such animals pose immediate danger to other citizens and must be contained as soon as possible.
- Get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Once you are injured, costs will begin to build. If another party is responsible for your injuries, they should be required to pay for injury-related costs. You will need the help of an experienced legal professional to make it happen.
Contact a Kansas City Dog Bite Lawyer as Soon as Possible
At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we believe in doing whatever it takes to help you make a full recovery. Our work plays an important part in helping ordinary people receive proper, fair treatment in court and giving them a chance to receive the compensation they need to foot the cost of their injuries. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, get in touch with a member of our team right away.
Call us at (888) 398-2277 or send us a message to schedule your complimentary evaluation right away.