What to Do After a Dog Bite

What to Do After a Dog Bite

A dog bite usually comes as quite a surprise and can be very traumatic for the victim. It can be hard to know what to do after a dog bite, especially if you know the owner well. It’s important to remember that you didn’t ask to get bitten by a dog, and it is the dog owner’s insurance, not the actual dog owner who ends up paying.

Do not let a dog owner threaten or manipulate you into not reporting the dog bite. If the dog bite is not reported properly, and you require medical attention, you can end up stuck with hospital bills or in the middle of an insurance dispute.

When you bring a dog bite claim, You Are Not Suing Anyone

It’s important to understand that when you bring a dog bite claim, you are not suing the dog owner, or the dog, or anyone. You are simply filing an insurance claim in the exact same way you would if a storm damaged your roof or if you were in an auto accident. I can help you understand the entire process in a free initial consultation, and if you choose to hire me to help you resolve your dog bite claim, you will not have to pay anything out of pocket.

Here are a few tips that are important to consider if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog:

  1. Seek Medical Attention
    The biggest mistake we see people make after being bitten by a dog is not seeking medical attention. The wounds from a dog bite can be deeper than they look and can also become infected very easily. Dog bite victims often worry that going to the hospital is unnecessary or wonder who will pay for their medical treatment. The fact is, treating a dog bite wound early is not only the best way to prevent infection, but it also will likely make any permanent scarring much less severe.

  2. Get Information From Dog Owner
    It’s important that you know the name, address and phone number of the dog owner. You will want to get vaccination records from the dog to ensure that there is no danger of rabies. You will also very likely have to follow up with the dog owner to get information they may not have at the time like their homeowner’s insurance policy.

  3. Local Police / Animal Control
    This probably seems counter-intuitive, especially if the dog belongs to a family member or friend. It’s important for everyone to understand that you are not “calling the police on them” and no one has committed a crime. However, it is important that there is a police report to document what happened, where and when. If the dog owner has an aggressive breed of dog, it’s very important that the police are called so that if the dog attacks someone else in the future (or has attacked someone else in the past) that information is available.

  4. Keep All Information Together and Organized
    Within a day or two of the dog bite, you should have medical records, the dog owner’s information, their vaccination history, and a copy of the police report. It’s critical to get all of this paperwork together as soon as possible as it makes the process of filing an insurance claim much easier.

  5. Talk to a Lawyer As Soon As Possible
    I am happy to answer any questions you have either over the phone or in my office during a free initial consultation. I will help you understand how Minnesota Dog Bite law applies to your specific situation, and your options for moving forward. If you choose to hire me, you do not have to pay anything out of pocket. It’s costs $0.00 to hire us to handle your dog bite case, and we are paid a percentage of the recovery we secure on your behalf.

Do not get stuck paying medical bills after a dog bite. Take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer today.

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