Have you been bitten by a dog, below mentioned are some steps which you need to take immediately after being bitten by a dog in order to protect your rights:
Medical care: If your wound is bleeding immediately call 911 and ask for medical help. It is advisable to consult a medical practitioner and take treatment. Other than the injuries caused, dog bites can also lead to infections. Below are few things which you can do while waiting for medical help to come.
- Press on the wound gently to flush out as much bacteria through bleeding
- Wash the wound thoroughly with mild soap and water.
- Try to stop the bleeding using a clean piece of cloth
- Apply an antibiotic cream on the wound, if its available
- Wrap the wound in a disinfected bandage.
- Keep it bandaged till a doctor sees you
Secure information about dog owner and the dog: Try to find out who is the owner of the dog and check with them if they have proof of rabies vaccination for their dog. Identifying the owner or who was taking care of the dog when the incident happened will help in determining the liable parties for your injuries and damages. Additionally also find out if the dog was licensed and whether it has any previous history of attacking. In many cases if the dogs have been labelled as “dangerous,” the owner is supposed to keep the dog muzzled when in a public place.
Report the incident: Even if the injuries sustained by you after being bitten by a dog are not severe, you should file an official report with the appropriate authorities. This report will help in creating a record of the incident and the types of injuries you sustained in the attack.
Evidence Gathering: If you are in a position, take pictures of the injuries sustained and also try to preserve any physical evidence like torn or bloody clothing. Collect contact information of any witnesses who were present at the time of the attack.
Under California law, dog owners can be held financially responsible for the injuries or damages caused by their pets. Therefore it is important you get in touch with experienced California dog bite lawyers who can represent you and help you obtain maximum compensation for damages like medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitative therapy, cosmetic therapy, pain and emotional distress etc. If you have been bitten by a dog, contact us at Khashan Law on (951) 461-2387 or (833) BITE-LAW to schedule a free and confidential consultation.