What to Do After a Dog Bite. The “Ten Commandments”
- What to do after a dog bite? REPORT THE INCIDENT to the police while still at the scene. Later, report the incident to municipal animal control.
- TRUTHFULLY TELL THE POLICE JUST THE FACTS of what happened. Don’t argue. Don’t become emotional.
- OBTAIN THE OWNER’S NAME, address, phone number, and email address. DON’T ARGUE. Don’t become emotional.
- If possible, TAKE PHOTOS of the scene, the dog and your injuries.
- OBTAIN ANY WITNESS’ NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL.
- Call an ambulance to take you to the emergency room to GET IMMEDIATE TREATMENT for any injuries that you have suffered.
- KEEP AND DON’T WEAR AGAIN THE SHOES and clothing that you wore when the dog bit you.
- ASK FOR AND KEEP COPIES of all paperwork connected with the incident and your injuries, such as POLICE REPORTS, hospital reports, prescriptions, ANIMAL CONTROL REPORTS AND MEDICAL REPORTS. Write down the name and address all medical providers.
- DON’T DISCUSS THE CASE WITH ANYONE ELSE, especially the owner’s insurance company. Anything you say may be held against you. Don’t sign anything without consulting a lawyer. (You can sign medical consent forms necessary to get immediate treatment.)
- CALL A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY as soon as you are able. Preferably not later than when you leave the emergency room. Evidence might be lost if there is a delay.
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