Dog bite incidents. How to handle them

What to Do After a Dog Bite: A Step-by-Step Guide

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

While dogs are often considered man’s best friend, it’s crucial to understand what steps to take in the unfortunate event of a dog bite, which affects nearly 38,000 people each year. Dog bites can be painful and frightening, but knowing how to respond is essential for both your well-being and financial security.

Immediate Medical Attention:

Your health should always be the top priority. Seek immediate medical care to assess and treat any injuries, infections, or complications resulting from the incident. Pay close attention to potential symptoms.

Notify the Authorities About the Dog Bite:

Taking prompt action is vital. Report the incident to the local authorities and file a police report. This is especially critical if the dog’s vaccinations are not up to date, as untreated wounds from a dog bite can lead to significant issues.

Gather Incident Details About the Dog Bite:

Document all essential information related to the incident and the dog involved. Take note of the dog’s breed, size, color, owner’s name, and any distinctive features. Record the time, date, and location of the event, and capture photographs of your injuries. Collect contact information for any witnesses and any other relevant details; every piece of information matters.

Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer:

Having gathered this valuable information, it’s highly advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you understand your rights and explore potential compensation for physical and emotional injuries, medical expenses, and any loss of income.

No matter the size of the dog or the visible injuries you’ve sustained, your physical and emotional recovery is of utmost importance. A lawyer will support you throughout the claims process, negotiations, and any necessary legal proceedings.

At Abogados Campeones, we prioritize your recovery and the pursuit of justice. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact us.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.