What to do in event of a dog bite...

Joyce J. Sweinberg

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Seek immediate medical attention

Seek immediate medical attention -- even if it seems like a minor bite-this is especially important if the dog is not current on shots.


Take photographs

Take photographs of all injuries, even before there is cleanup of the wounds, and after cleanup of the wounds. See this page for instruction on taking photos: http://www.jjsassoc.net/Preserving_Evidencel.htm


Gather information

Gather information from witnesses, if there were any. Get names, addresses, and phone numbers.


Police Report

Report the matter immediately to the police. This creates a record of the incident.


Obtain the dog's records

Obtain the dog's veterinarian records about shots, diseases and other medical history.


Get homeowners' insurance involved

Do not try to negotiate with the animal's owner privately. Make sure that the claim is directed to their homeowner's insurer. It is best not to engage in conversations about this matter with the owner.


Get an attorney

Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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