WHAT TO DO IF YOU JUST SUFFERED A DOG BITE?
You’ll be dealing with doctors, the police, animal control, and a dog attack attorney. Depending on the severity of your injury, you might call the police or animal control before you head to the emergency room. If the wound is severe, get treated first. Oftentimes, you can call the police on the way to the emergency room and explain the situation. Other than the above, this is the order in which you should handle things to minimize damage to yourself.
Step 1. Call animal control so they can control the dog and provide you with a report on the dog
Step 2. Call the police to get a report of the incident from them too for the insurance company
Step 3. Go to the emergency room
Step 4. Call us at 800-423-HURT (4878)
Again, if the wound is severe, ignore this list and go to the emergency room first!
Over one million people per year go to the emergency room after a dog bite And with good reason: you can get any of these infections when bitten by a dog even if the bite doesn’t look that deep or that severe:
- Tetanus infection
So, it’s best if you don’t skip this visit to the E.R., especially if you can’t stop the bleeding, or have a large gash you can’t keep closed. Be sure to take notes, get the name of the doctor, and ask how to get the medical record related to your visit. Besides physical damage and pain, you might suffer from psychological injuries, but might not realize this yet because you’re likely in shock. After all, you were just going about your day and a dog attacked you without provocation; it’s difficult to not experience at least some trauma.
You might suffer from these symptoms too:
After the emergency room, your next step should be to call us (or even while you’re there if you’re able). We believe we’re your best choice as a dog attack lawyer in Phoenix. We’ll go above and beyond to get you the best treatment and the highest settlement.
We’ll get to work quickly to protect your rights.
We will refer you to the best doctors so you can heal quickly and as best as possible. The emergency room visit is to get the wound cleaned and to determine your chances of getting infected. The doctor there will prescribe you an antibiotic if it’s needed; this will depend on the depth of the wound and how well they’re able to clean it.
You’ll need further medical care to avoid or continue to treat any infection, deal with the pain, and to minimize or avoid scarring.