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Steps to Take After Being Bit By A Dog

Published by Joseph Shea

If you’ve recently been attacked or bitten by a dog, you should contact an Illinois dog bite attorney that has experience dealing with cases such as yours.

There are several steps you should take after a dog attack. If you’re unsure of anything involving your dog bite case, contact the industry-leading team of Chicago dog bite attorneys at Shea Law Group.

Stay Calm

If you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous dog you don’t know, it’s important you remain calm and not try and catch the animal involved.

Make sure to take photographs to document any injuries you received during the attack.

Seek Medical Treatment

If the injury is not severe, you can apply first aid on your own at the scene or at home. However, if your skin has been punctured, apply direct pressure to the wound, and visit a physician immediately.

It’s important to seek medical attention because dog bite injuries can become infected and will require antibiotics. Stitches may also be necessary in some cases.

Call the Police & Animal Control

If you are a dog bite victim, contact the police and animal control immediately. File a report with the police and let animal control attempt to catch the animal to determine if it has rabies, and to ensure it doesn’t bite anyone else.

If the owner is present, find out of the dog is up to date with its vaccinations. Ask for the veterinarian’s information so you can follow up yourself.

Exchange Information with the Dog’s Owner

Many people aren’t aware that most homeowner’s insurance policies cover the cost of medical treatment resulting from a dog bite.

If the owner of the dog is present at the time of the attack or afterward, it’s important to obtain insurance information from them. The insurance company may contact you in regard to your claim.

DO NOT sign anything or discuss a monetary settlement without consulting with a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Contact Shea Law Group

The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Shea Law Group have the experience you need to receive maximum compensation for your medical expenses and losses.

According to Illinois law, a dog bite victim can bring a claim against an owner of any animal for their injuries, no matter if it was caused by a bite and without needing to prove negligence on behalf of the owner.

Contact our office for a free consultation. From car accidents to medical malpractice, our personal injury law firm is ready to fight for you!

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