Most dog bites are very minor and do not puncture the skin, but some dog bite injuries can be serious. If you are ever the victim of a dog bite attack, do you know what to do? Read on to learn what steps should be taken, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 if you are bitten by a dog and require a free legal consultation.
Get Immediate Medical Care
First and foremost, get medical attention. There are two main reasons for this. First, you want to make sure that you are safe from potential infection or other outcomes. Remember that even a seemingly minor bite can become life-threatening if it is not carefully cleaned and dressed.
The second reason to visit a doctor right away is that if you do end up needing to file a personal injury claim, you will need medical evidence to prove your case.
File a Police Report
Filing a police report and giving the number to your attorney is an essential part of building a strong case. This creates a paper trail that proves that you were bit, when you were bit, where you were bit, and who else saw it.
Take Photos of Your Injuries
Your doctor will provide a medical opinion on your injuries, which is important. However, if your case ends up before a jury, having pictures of the injuries is a good way to give them the emotional impact of seeing the injuries themselves. Take photos both of the injury right after the accident and of the injury as it heals.
Get Information from Everyone Involved
You should gather contact information from anyone that was involved in the dog bite injury, such as the owner of the dog, the owner of other dogs that were around, and any witnesses. You can also ask the dog owner for their insurance information too. The more information you have, the easier it will be to hold them accountable.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
Once you have gotten medical attention and notified the police of the accident, it is time to talk to a personal injury attorney. They can listen to your case and determine if you have grounds to file a claim. When you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030, we will start with a free legal consultation. If we decide to take your case, we will do so on a contingency basis. Call us now to get started.