According to a survey conducted from 2001 to 2003, there are 4.5 million victims of a dog attack in the US. It also shows that dogs are the 4th deadliest creature worldwide. It is next to mosquitos, humans, and snakes. Most of the victims are children around 5 to 9 years old due to their curiosity and unfamiliarity with the dog’s behavior. These data depict the danger that a dog can do. Though we know that they are man’s best friends, we still couldn’t take away the fact that they could have unpredictable behaviors.
Aside from the wounds, bacteria and diseases like rabies could be transferred to our bodies through a dog bite. It is very dangerous when not treated immediately and could even cause death. Awareness and proper knowledge on what to do after you get bit by a dog are important after the time of the attack. You could save your life or even others by performing the following.
Clean The Wound Immediately
Wash the wound with mild soap. Within 5 to 10 minutes, rinse it with warm water. Do this immediately after the attack.
Stop The Bleeding As Possible
After cleaning the wound, try to stop the bleeding as much as possible. You can use a clean cloth to cover the wound with an ample amount of pressure to at least slow down or possibly stop the bleeding.
Use Antibiotic Creams
If available, you can use an over-the-counter antibiotic cream for the wound. It could help in slowing down or preventing the spread of any bacteria and infections.
Use A Bandage To Cover The Wound
Using a sterile bandage, wrap the wound carefully to cover it from any dirt and other tiny objects that could give more infections.
See Your Doctor
Once the victim is all set and first aid has been done, go to your doctor immediately to have proper medication for your wounds and possible infections. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate treatment depending on the condition of the wound. Make sure to follow the doctor’s instructions on how to manage it on the following days.
Check For Possible Effects
You should be aware of the possible effects of a dog bite on your body. It could cause infection which will give you fever, increased pain on the wound, swelling, and redness of the skin. Consult with your doctor if there are symptoms that still occur.
Seek For Legal Help
If the dog bite attack is due to the negligence of other people, you are entitled to claims that support all the damages and expenses caused by the accident. Here are the things you need to do to file a claim.
1. Gather evidence of the dog attack
Capture images of the accident if you are still capable. Take a picture of the wound, location, the dog, or anything that you think might show the cause of the dog bite and help you strengthen your case.
2. Obtain information of the witnesses
Talk to the people who saw the dog attack and ask for their contact details. They could stand as witnesses and might help tell the truth about the accident.
3. Get information about the owner
Gather the contact details of the dog owner. It will be necessary to communicate with the other party about the dog attack.
4. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer
You are already suffering stress because of your injury and expenses, and you don’t want to take more burden in claiming your compensation. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer who could deal with all of these legal matters for you so you could just focus on recovering from injuries. Legal help could make the complex process easier for you and gives more chance of delivering positive results. Knowledgeable dog bite attorneys will guide and help you in claiming the rightful amount of compensation.
A dog attack is a traumatic accident. Aside from the wound and danger of rabies and infections, it could cause emotional effects. It also affects you financially due to the cost of whole medication, loss of wages at work, and possible loss of opportunities. Because of these, you are entitled to a claim to support all the damages you have experienced. Call Freeway Law now at (844) 443-7339 and let us help you claim the maximum compensation you deserve.