People want to think that dogs are man’s best friend, but at the end of the day, they’re still animals who have the potential to cause real harm to them. Dogs that are sick, scared, feeling threatened, excited or overstimulated may bite with or without the intention to cause harm to those around them.
Unfortunately, if you’re bitten by a dog, you’re going to accrue some medical bills. Your injuries could be minor, such as a single bite’s puncture wounds, or they may be severe from a dog biting multiple times and thrashing while they held on. Whatever the case may be, you will need to seek medical attention, could have to go through surgery and may need ongoing medical care, physical therapy, antibiotics and more.
What do you need to do if you’re bitten by a dog?
The injuries caused by a dog bite can be serious, so the first step is to separate yourself from the animal. If the dog can be contained in a fenced area or inside, then it should be taken there so that you and anyone else you’re with can focus on the medical attention that you need.
It should be a priority to get medical care and to have the incident reported. That’s why calling 911 is a smart choice. The police and emergency medical team will arrive together, so that the police can take information down about the animal and its owner while you get the medical attention you need at the scene or elsewhere.
Following this, the animal may need to be quarantined or be placed into the care of animal control. Its records will be reviewed, so you know if you need antibiotics, vaccinations or other treatments. Dog bites may transmit disease.
Not all animals that bite are euthanized, as this is handled on a case-by-case basis. However, the owner will be liable for any bites that their pets caused under strict liability laws. They should be held responsible for your medical care and other financial losses, such as time you missed off work as a result of the incident.
Don’t be afraid to ask for the compensation you need. Many dog bite incidents are covered by homeowner’s insurance policies or other insurance coverages. Regardless, you have a right to seek fair compensation for the injuries that you’ve suffered.