What to do After a Dog Bite
A dog bite is a frightening and painful experience. If it ever happens to you, you will need to know what immediate steps to take to protect your health and your legal rights. Milwaukee dog bite lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® care about the wellbeing of our clients. That is why we are presenting this article on steps to take following an animal attack.
Protecting your Health
First and foremost, any injury that breaks the skin needs immediate attention. Be sure to:
- Wash the wound with clean water and apply pressure to slow bleeding.
- Place a sterile bandage firmly but not too tightly around the wound.
- Keep the injury elevated to slow bleeding and reduce swelling.
Seek emergency medical care if:
- The injury is gaping, or if bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes.
- The injury shows signs of infection like redness, pus, or fever.
- You do not know the dog’s immunization status.
- The bite is on your face, hand, or foot.
- You have not had a tetanus shot with 5 years.
Protecting your Rights
Unless you were provoking the dog, its owner is legally responsible for your injuries. Of course, many negligent dog owners will try to claim that bite victims caused the attack. To protect your legal rights, be sure to:
- Get names, addresses, and phone numbers for any potential witnesses.
- Do not discuss money or legal issues with the dog’s owner right away.
- Gather documentation of your injuries, including photographs and hospital records.
- Contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
- Do not sign anything until you have spoken with a lawyer.
Contact a Milwaukee Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you have been injured by a neglected dog or other pet, contact Milwaukee dog bite lawyer Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900.