- Immediately clean the wound with soap and water in order to rid the wound of dog saliva and potentially harmful bacteria.
- Seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Dogs can carry diseases such as rabies and serious infections can result if left untreated.
- If possible, obtain as much information about the dog as possible such as the name of the dog owner and a copy of the dog's vaccination records. If this is not possible, try to remember the size, color, breed, age, or any detail that will help identify the dog later. If there are witnesses, obtain their contact information as well.
- Take photos of the wound to document the injury.
- Report the incident to animal control and the police department.
- Contact a personal injury attorney who has significant experience handling dog bite injuries. An experienced attorney can assist you in gathering important evidence and can help you achieve the best possible outcome.
- If you are contacted by the dog owner's insurance company, do not answer any questions without speaking with your attorney first. Simply write down the name of the insurance company, claim number and contact information and share this information with your attorney.
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