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What to Do When Dogs Bite...

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

You are bitten by a dog, what do you do now?

  • Make a report to local authorities.

  • You may be eligible for compensation once you report the dog bite. You should consult with a lawyer who will be able to help you know your legal options.

  • Dog bite injuries range from minor to severe but you should still take a look at your legal options. Dog bites have serious consequences as they can cause serious damage to the skin, muscles, tendons, nerves and bones.

  • The dog bite must be assessed for three specific issues: skin damage, underlying injuries which affect the muscle, bones or tendons and infections. While there can be scars from lacerated skin; lacerated tendons can affect and impair movement of limbs.

  • Some serious damage from dog bites include: puncture wounds, lacerations, muscle sprains and strains, nerve damage, infections, disfigurement, emotional distress, and medical expenses for the treatment of the dog bite. All of these can be remedied by legal means.

  • Physical scars and wounds are visible, but emotional damage is just as real from dog bites. Severe stress and social anxiety can affect the way you live your life. PTSD from a dog bite usually requires help from a qualified therapist. Treatment is needed to help individuals return to their state of wellbeing before the incident, adding more expenses to the recovery.

Dog bites are more common than you may think. Over 900,000 people are sent to the ER from dog bites each year. You can seek compensation and receive the legal help you need.

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