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What to do if Bitten by a Dog

For the most part, dogs are some of the most loving and loyal companions anybody could ask for. But even the most docile canines can bite under the right circumstances. Millions are bitten every dog attackyear, and since a bite injury can have significant medical and financial repercussions, it is important to know what to do if this happens to you.

Here are the first steps to take:

  • Seek Medical Care: After a bite, especially one that punctures the skin, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some dogs may not be vaccinated against rabies, and puncture wounds are prone to infection. If possible, photograph your injuries before treatment for your records.
  • Exchange Information: Just like after a car accident, you should exchange contact information with the dog’s owner or caretaker so you can get in touch with them afterwards. That information should include their name, address, and phone number.
  • Check for Witnesses: Whether it was you who was bitten, or if your dog bit somebody else, get contact information from anybody who witnessed the incident. If a lawsuit or insurance claim arises, witnesses can help create an accurate picture of what happened.


Keep a record of injuries sustained as a result of the bite, including those that are visible, and any pain or decreased mobility. Photos, journal entries, medical records, or other written records are sufficient. Also be sure to document the circumstances leading up to the bite with as much detail as you can.

You may end up dealing with an insurance company or lawsuit, so keep any correspondence you have with others, like witnesses, other parties, or the insurance company itself. Also document expenses incurred as a result of the bite, including medical bills, lost wages, and travel costs.

Contacting an Attorney

Because dog bites are such a common occurrence, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to help you recover the compensation you should receive – especially if you’re going to be negotiating a settlement. Insurance companies try to coerce victims into accepting low settlement offers, but with an experienced attorney from the BCN Law Firm at your side, you’ll get every penny you’re entitled to.

Contact us today at (352)-394-2103 for your consultation.