Everyone either has a dog or has a loved one who has a dog. Dogs are known as great pets and they can be – but they can also be dangerous. If you or a loved one is injured by a dog bite, learn what you should do. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.
Get Medical Care for the Wound
First and foremost, make sure that you or your loved one has the wound treated. When it comes to dog bites, there are generally two types of wounds: Superficial wounds and puncture wounds. A superficial wound is a scrape or gash, which can be cleaned with water and rubbing alcohol, then bandaged to keep the wound clear.
On the other hand, if it is a puncture wound then you should let the wound bleed. There is one main exception: If it is on your head or neck call 911 immediately. Otherwise, let the wound bleed for five minutes. This helps clean out the wound. Once five minutes has gone by, apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If it will not stop then you should go to the emergency room.
Record as Much Information as Possible About the Attack
If the dog that bit you or your loved one was not your own, then you will have legal options to help pay your medical bills. However, you need as much documentation as possible. This involves getting medical care – we recommend doing so as soon as possible. Even if you were able to stop the bleeding, you want evidence of the wound.
Understand What the Law Says
In California, we have what’s known as strict liability regarding dog bites. In a nut shell, this means that the owner of the dog is liable for the injuries caused by their dog, even if the dog had no prior violent behavior and even if the owner had no reason to believe their dog was defensive. This does not mean that the owner is responsible in every case though. For example, if a person trespasses on a person’s property and the dog attacks someone, the owner may not be responsible.
Talk to an Experienced Attorney
When you talk to a personal injury attorney, we can begin with a free legal consultation. This will give you answers to your basic questions and give us the chance to assess your case. If we believe you have grounds for a lawsuit, we will take the case on contingency. This means that you do not owe us anything for your legal fees until we have recovered compensation for you. If we are not successful then you do not owe us anything. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to begin.