1. Call Animal Control
Before leaving the scene of the bite or attack, call animal control so they can secure the dog and ensure it does not injure anyone else. If the incident occurs in a public area, like at an apartment or townhome community, or commercial or industrial property, inform the property manager.
2. Complete an Incident Report
Complete an incident report and obtain the dog owner’s name, address, telephone number, and their insurance company information.
3. Collect Evidence!
Take photographs of the scene and your injuries. Write down any information regarding how the incident occurred. Note the date, time, and location of the incident, as well as a description of the dog, such as size, color, and breed.
Gather information from anyone who witnessed the incident, including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Write down any statements made to you by witnesses.
5. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Immediately after the incident, you should seek medical attention. Call an ambulance if the dog bite causes serious injuries. If an ambulance is not necessary, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care. Your injuries could be worse than they first appear, and infections may result from an untreated dog bite. It is essential that you follow your doctor’s orders.
6. Contact My Office Immediately!
I will personally assist you at any time. Contact me immediately for a free consultation. I will spend time with you to obtain information, answer all your questions, and explain your legal rights.