Let’s face it: Nobody ever expects to be bitten by a dog. If it does happen to you, however, it can be a frightening experience. Not only can it be disruptive to your day, but it can also be dangerous. Dog attacks can lead to lasting injuries, and they can also put you at risk of deadly infections.
Many people are also uncertain what they should do in the aftermath of a dog bite incident. They may also not be sure what their rights are. If you have medical bills to pay, then will the dog’s owner pay them? Should you also report the dog? Fortunately, it’s easy to get the answers to these questions. Here is a guide to what you should do in the event that you are bitten by a dog.
Take immediate steps to treat the wound.
Once you are safe from any further injury from the dog, you should take immediate action to minimize any complications that may be caused by your dog bite. After gently pressing on the wound area and thoroughly washing it with soap and water, use a sterile bandage to cover the wound. If you are bleeding, then you can use a clean cloth to wrap it. If you have an antibiotic cream, you can use that to help reduce the risk of infection.
Contact a medical professional right away.
It’s important to go to the doctor—or even the emergency room, if the dog bite happens at a time when your doctor is unavailable—as soon as possible after you have been bitten. Dog bites can result in badly torn tissue, which can lead to severe infections. Dogs can spread harmful bacteria through their bites, which can easily cause health issues. Individuals who have compromised immune systems are at an especially high risk of infection after a dog bite. That’s why you shouldn’t take chances, even if the bite looks minor.
Exchange information with the dog owner.
A dog attack can be extremely upsetting. However, you should remain as calm as you can, especially when speaking with the dog owner. You should be sure to exchange contact information so that you can get in touch with them if necessary. It’s also important to ask for proof that the dog is up to date with their rabies vaccination. If you don’t have proof that the dog does not have rabies, then you will have to get a rabies shot to protect yourself.
Document the incident and its aftermath.
You should also try to keep a record of the dog attack, so that you can use it to protect your rights. Take a photo of the bite with your phone as soon as possible after the incident, so that you have a record of what the bite looked like immediately after it happened. If the wound changes at all in appearance or severity, then you should try to keep a visual record of those changes. Also, keep all medical records related to the incident, including your receipts. If there were any witnesses to the dog bite, then try to get their contact information.
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