What To Do If You Are a Dog Bite Victim
The first thing you need to do if you are a dog bite victim is to identify the dog who bit you and who the owner is. You will want to know if the dog is up-to-date on all its vaccinations. If the dog isn’t, or you were bitten by a dog you can’t identify you may want to get a rabies shot although rabies in dogs is not much of a concern now-a-days. If the bite is serious enough, or if you can’t identify the owner of the dog to find out if it is up-to-date on shots then you should go see a doctor. About 1,000 Americans go to the emergency room for dog bites every day. If you are bitten in the face or you have concerns about disfigurement then you may want to see a plastic surgeon, because emergency rooms top priority is not always aesthetics. If the bite doesn’t require you to go to the hospital then make sure that you clean out the bite with soap at the very least. Hydrogen peroxide is preferable because dogs have a lot of bacteria in their mouths and you don’t want to catch an infection. For this same reason you do not want to stitch a dog bite because you may be trapping bacteria underneath your skin. Just bandage the bite and let it heal on its own. Lastly you should contact a personal injury attorney or an experienced dog bite lawyer. An attorney will help to protect your rights and to make sure you receive the monetary settlement that you are entitled to.
What Not To Do If Bitten By a Dog
When bitten by a dog you should not discuss any financial issues connected to the dog bite until you have talked with a dog bite attorney. You should not allow recorded statements or let someone photograph your injury. You can however photograph the bite for your own personal records, but do not let others do the same.
Finally you should not discuss the bite with anybody until you have first talked with a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas or a dog bite lawyer.If you have been involved in a dog attack, contact the law offices of Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter.