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5 steps to take after a dog bite

Experiencing a dog bite can be traumatic and result in severe injuries and diseases. If a dog bites you, no matter who it belongs to, you may want to file a personal injury claim. Taking legal action may get you compensation for your damages. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a dog bite lawsuit: 

1. File a police report

One of the first things you should do after getting bit is report it to the police. This prompts an official investigation into the matter. After you file the report, make sure you obtain a copy. This is a necessary piece of evidence that you may want to use at trial.

2. Take photos

Take pictures of the bite as soon as possible. Photographs show proof of the bite marks and the severity of the wound. Pictures will bolster your case if it goes to trial.

3. Seek medical help

See your health care provider about the dog bite. Dog bites may result in serious complications, such as:

  • Infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus

The doctor will be able to determine the seriousness of the injury and provide proper treatment. This will help the bite from causing more problems.

4. Gather medical records and bills

Request a copy of medical records from any doctors or hospitals you visit. Organize the evidence of your medical care, including any hospital bills, doctor bills, therapy bills or prescription drug costs. If you win your claim, the owner of the dog (or his or her insurance company) will need to provide compensation for these expenses.

5. Organize evidence of lost income

You may need to take time away from your job to recover from the dog bite, and you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages. Gather your recent pay stubs and request your boss to write a letter stating how much work you missed.

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