What to Do If You Are Bitten by a Dog
Bitten by a Dog?
Approximately one in five Americans requires medical treatment of some kind following being bitten by a dog.
If you have become the victim of a dog bite, it’s important to understand your legal rights and the steps you should take following the incident.
Obtain Information and Evidence
After a dog bite, you should obtain the name, address, and phone number of the owner, as well as the information of any individuals who physically had custody of the dog at the time of the bite.
If there were witnesses, you should also obtain their names and contact information as well.
Use your phone or camera to take photographs of the bite if possible, as these may be needed for evidence in a legal dispute.
Seek Medical Treatment
Even if a dog bite seems small or inconsequential, it can lead to infection and other complications without proper treatment.
Following a dog bite injury, you should seek medical care promptly, either from your physician or an urgent care clinic.
Talk to your physician about the severity of the bite and make sure to follow all medical instructions and take medication as prescribed to reduce your chances of scarring and infection.
Talk to Your Attorney
In Arizona, you must file a claim regarding the liability of the dog owner within one year, and claims regarding injuries must be filed within two years.
Taking prompt action will ensure these deadlines are not missed so you can receive the recompense you deserve.
Your attorney can determine whether you are entitled to compensation and the best path to pursue a legal claim.