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Steps to take after a dog bite

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2023 | Dog Bites

A dog bite can be a scary and stressful event. You might experience pain, loss of function and medical complications.

Fortunately, there are actions you take that can help you deal with the aftermath.

Seek medical care

After a dog bite, you can use warm water and mild soap to clean the wounded area. Then, you can use a sterile bandage to cover the bite wound. You might need to use a washcloth to stop the bleeding. Antibiotic cream can be helpful, too.

Even if your injury seems mild, you should seek medical attention the same day after a dog bite. A visit to your medical provider can help you prevent complications and allows you to document your injuries. Furthermore, your doctor can advise on caring for yourself as you heal. For example, it is important to watch out for infection signs, like swelling and redness around the wound.

Compensation options

It is important to exchange contact information with the dog’s owner after a bite. Dog bites can have serious repercussions, leading to pain, emotional trauma and missed work. If possible, you can file a claim with the dog owner’s homeowners or renters insurance to cover your costs. It is important to document any expenses related to your injury, from medical bills to lost wages. In some cases, insurers can resist covering dog bite victims, and legal disputes can occur. You might need to negotiate or even file a lawsuit to receive fair compensation.

If a dog bites you, it is crucial to seek appropriate medical care soon after the event. You can also ask for the dog owner’s insurance and contact information and consider your options regarding coverage and legal action.