Dogs are certainly “man’s best friend,” however they can also be unpredictable when hurt, scared or even during play. Dogs can also be protective of their food or owners and this sometimes leads to a bite.
What to do if you’re bitten by a dog
Treatment for a dog bite depends on the location and severity of the wound that was inflicted. For many bites, home care is sufficient.
To care for a dog bite injury at home:
- Place a clean towel over the injury to stop any bleeding.
- Try to keep the injured area elevated.
- Wash the bite carefully with soap and water.
- Apply a sterile bandage to the wound.
- Apply antibiotic ointment to the injury every day to prevent infection.
For more severe injuries, it may be necessary to visit urgent care for medical treatment.
If you do not know the dog that bit you, call the police or animal control and to report it. It is essential to acquire the dog’s vaccination records as soon as possible.
Call Attorney Ken Namnoum to make your appointment for a case evaluation. Having an experienced Dog Bite Lawyer on your side is very important!
Severe dog bites, as with any injury, can lead to significant life-altering difficulties. The wound could become infected, cause nerve damage, scarring, emotional distress and in extreme situations, loss of life. Attorney Namnoum will help you to decide the best course of action during your free, confidential case evaluation.
Dog Bite Claims
Last year the number of dog bite insurance claims rose almost 6% to 17,359. The average claim payout has risen 45% over the past decade, which accounted for a third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid in 2013.