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What steps should you take after a dog bite?

| May 1, 2020 | Dog Bites |

One factor that motivates many individuals to move to San Diego is the sun. It’s the perfect type of weather for engaging in various physical activities including walking around your neighborhood. You have to be on the lookout for unrestrained dogs as you do this though. There are certain steps that you should take should you be bitten by a vicious canine while you’re out and about walking in your neighborhood.

You should call 911 immediately if you’ve been bitten by a dog. You should have them summons an ambulance for you.

Another thing that you should do while you wait for the police and paramedics to arrive is to document where the incident occurred, the time that it happened at and anything else that happened leading up to the incident.

You must try to get the dog owner’s contact information including their name, phone number and address. You should also document what they look like. If they attempt to drive away, then you should try to write down a description of their car and its license plate number. You should try to get as much information about the pet and take pictures of it if you can.

It’s also important that you look around for any witnesses to the attack and take down their contact information. You should give all this information to the police.

Getting checked out by a physician is imperative. You should have them complete a County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (SDDAC) Hospital Bite Report and fax it in on your behalf.

There are an estimated 800,000 Americans who end up being seen in urgent care facilities or emergency rooms every year after being bitten by a dog. SDDAC receives reports of as many as 6,000 similar reports every year. Data that the county agency has compiled shows that at least 33% of homeowners’ liability claims that are filed have to do with dog attacks.

Some individuals who are bitten by dogs may be left with wounds that only require cleaning and stitches. Others may be left with physical impairments that affect how they look or their ability to move about freely. A attorney can aid you in recovering compensation to cover your medical costs, lost wages and any other expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your attack here in California.

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