A dog bite is a traumatic experience. Dogs bite almost 4.5 million Americans every year, and 20 percent require medical attention. If you have been bitten by a dog, there are a number of steps you should follow to better protect your health, safety, and legal rights.
Of course, you should seek whatever medical attention is necessary for your situation. Collect as much information about the dog and the dog owner as you can. Information such as the size, age, color, and breed of the dog can be useful in identifying the dog later. If the owner is present, you should also collect their contact information and request that they provide you with copies of the dog’s vaccination records as soon as possible. If the opportunity presents itself, ask the dog owner what insurance company writes their homeowners policy. If there are witnesses, you should get their contact information as well. Make sure to contact the police and let them know if you need an ambulance. Also, contact animal control.
In addition, you should document the bite by taking pictures of the wound and by writing down the events surrounding the incident as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that a lawsuit against an individual dog owner pursues a monetary award that, in most cases, will be paid by the dog owner’s insurance policy, not the individual personally. It is important that you protect your legal rights immediately. If you have been bitten by a dog, call one of our legal professionals immediately at 410-356-4455.
Clean the wound and seek medical attention
As soon as you are safe from the dog, you need to clean your wound and call for emergency medical personnel if necessary. There are hundreds of bacteria living in a dog’s mouth, and you don’t want an infection. Dogs also carry rabies and other diseases that can affect humans. Even if you do not need an emergency room, you may need to seek medical attention. A doctor will be able to assess the severity of the bite, and provide you with the necessary treatment to help prevent any permanent damage.
Report the incident to the proper authorities
After a dog bite, you should contact the police department and animal control. The police department or animal control may provide you with additional instructions. Make sure and get a report number and give that number to your attorney.
Contact an attorney
If a dog has bitten you, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. An attorney will be able to help you determine whether you have a lawsuit and will be able to protect your legal rights. An experienced dog bite attorney will be able to help you get the best possible results. Call the Zirkin and Schmerling Law at 410-356-4455 immediately and come in for your free consultation on this important matter.
Frequently Asked Questions – Dog Bites In Maryland
How do I know if the dog that bit me has rabies?
Most dogs in the United States are vaccinated for rabies, so it’s not usually a big concern. If you suspect the dog that bit you has rabies, you need to contact your doctor and animal control immediately. A veterinarian will be able to determine whether the dog has rabies.
What shots do I need after a dog bite?
Your doctor will be able to determine what types of shots you need after a dog bite. Most frequently, dog bite victims begin taking an antibiotic to prevent an infection from developing. You may also want to take a tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in a while. Talk to your physician immediately.
What kind of insurance covers dog bites?
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog bites, but each policy is different. Regardless of whether the owner has insurance that covers dog bites and attacks, you need to consult with an experienced attorney. If an insurance company contacts you, do not say anything. Write down the name of the insurance company, the date and time of the call, and any other information you can. Share this information with your attorney.
Do I have a lawsuit for a dog bite?
If a dog has bitten you, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. This is accomplished by filing a personal injury claim. In addition to the medical expenses incurred while treating your dog bite, you may also receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, future medical bills, future lost wages, and other expenses. It is vital that you contact an experienced dog bite attorney to protect your legal rights. Contact the attorneys at the Zirkin and Schmerling Law at 410-356-4455 today.