Frequently Asked Questions After a Dog Bite Injury
After a dog bite, there’s so many things that might be going through your head. It may have happened to a family member such as one of your children. If there are serious injuries or infections, the victim of the bite might be in the hospital, waiting for medical follow-ups and getting contacting by insurance companies. Its really important to make sure you have the information needed to make the best decisions regarding how to handle the injury from a legal standpoint. As dog bite lawyers, we compiled the most commonly asked questions we receive after a dog bite injury.
Frequently Asked Questions After a Dog Bite
What should I do immediately after a dog bite incident?
If you are bitten by a dog, stay calm. Then take care of the wound. Clean the bite with soap and warm water for at least ten minutes. Stop the bleeding by using a clean cloth adding antibiotic cream. Wrap the wound with a sterile bandage. Seek medical attention immediately. Report the dog to the local animal control agency or police so that an official record is made. Gather all witness statements and obtain information on the owner of the dog. Schedule an appointment with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.
Can I sue a dog owner if the dog has no history of aggression?
While every case and every State is different, the general answer is yes. In some states, however, there may be nuances such as the “one bite” rule. Under this rule, the owner of a dog will be strictly liable only if the dog has bitten once before and the history of aggression is critical. The rule requires the owner to know or should know about the dog’s dangerous or vicious propensities. In essence, the dog gets one free bite before the owner will be responsible for the dog’s attack. Some States do not follow this principle. In other states, the owner of the dog is strictly liable for the first bite. They do not get the benefit of the “one bite” rule.