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Handling a Dog Bite Injury

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Getting bit by a dog, regardless of the size or breed, can be painful and very frightening. Rabid dogs can pass on rabies to humans through a dog bite. In other cases, dog bites can become severely infected and may need medical treatment. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, here are a few steps to take to treat your wound. Make sure to set up an appointment with a family doctor so a professional can assess the bite later.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

  1. Wash the wound and slow the bleeding: After washing the wound with soap and water, slow the rest of the bleeding with some pressure and a clean cloth.
  2. Apply anti-biotic cream: Dog bites can easily become infected so apply anti-biotic cream on the wound after cleaning it. This would also be a good time to wrap the room with a bandage or gauze.
  3. Take care of the wound: As you recover, change the bandage of the wound regularly to keep it clean. Take this time to also observe the wound and check for signs of infections. These can include spreading redness across the skin, swelling, pain or fever.

When you visit your doctor to look at the wound, they will want to know about the dog that bit you. Depending on the dog’s behavior during the time of the bite, the doctor will determine whether the probability of rabies being spread to you via the bite wound. If so, you may have to undergo rabies treatment. If you haven’t been updates on your booster shots, the doctor may give you a tetanus shot after checking your wound. More severe wounds may require stiches.

Keep your wound clean and don’t forget, you can contact an attorney to assist in your dog bite case. An injury lawyer can answer your questions, analyze your situation, tell you whether you have a case and help you hold those responsible for your pain and suffering accountable. If possible, document with photographs and video the scene of where you were bit and the bite location on your body.  After your initial visit with medical providers, take pictures of your wound on a weekly basis to document the healing process.  In addition, you want to report the bite to your local animal control or police to document the incident and ensure proper confirmation of the dog’s immunization record.

In both California and Nevada, dog owners are typically responsible for injuries their dogs cause to other people.  In certain scenarios, the dog owner’s knowledge of prior aggressive acts can impact your ability to recover for your injuries including the medical expenses you incurred.  County, city, and other local ordinances also play a role in imposing liability on a dog owner when a bite injury has occurred.  Knowledge of these local laws and legal precedent are the keys to success in dog bite cases. The personal injury lawyers at Turner | Modarelli have years of experience successfully fighting for justice for injury victims in both California and Nevada.

Communication of information by, in, to or through this website is not provided in the course of and does not create or constitute an attorney-client relationship. Nor is it intended to convey or constitute legal advice, and is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney. Turner | Modarelli

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