Steps to Take Following a Dog Bite in California

If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, you are probably suffering from a great deal of trauma in the aftermath. Dogs are supposed to be loving creatures, and when one turns on you, it can cause you and your family a great deal of distress.  This is especially true when children are attacked by dogs.

Each year, there are millions of dog bite incidents in America, many of which require hospitalization. In such cases, it’s important to hire a California dog bite attorney to handle the case and get as much help for the victim as possible.

Tips to Avoid Dog Bite Attacks

It’s important to be cautious around stray dogs, but unfortunately, many dog attacks involve a dog that is familiar to the victim. Even if you think you know your dogs well, a change in their health or mental state could potentially cause them to turn on you. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on their behavior and be cautious when introducing them to children. Discourage against any type of rough play, as this could cause the dog to accidentally attack.

When it comes to breeds that have been known to attack kids, such as pitbulls, just be extra cautious. Not all pitbulls will attack but given their history, it is important to never leave kids in the same area unsupervised. Also, don’t allow kids to have their faces near the face of the dog.  The most traumatic dog bite attacks that we see are bites to the face and head of small children.

What to Do After A Dog Bite Attack

If you are attacked and bitten by a dog, your first step is to assess your injuries. If they are severe, call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the hospital immediately. If your wounds are minor, you should still visit a doctor as soon as possible to receive your rabies vaccination and any other treatments you need.

Next, report the situation to the authorities and document your injuries. Please do not hesitate to do this because you are afraid the dog will be harmed. The authorities will evaluate the circumstances and decide what is best for everyone involved. When it comes to your injuries, take photographs and keep records of your medical paperwork. This will be helpful for your attorney in the future.

Benefits of Hiring A Dog Bite Attorney

Hopefully, you won’t ever get attacked by a dog, but if you do, it’s important to hire a good dog bite lawyer. If the attack happened to your son or daughter, you may want to specifically look for a dog bite injury lawyer. A good dog bite injury lawyer will have the education and experience necessary to help you gather evidence and build a case. In addition, your lawyer may be able to help you get medical treatment for your injuries, especially if you are unable to pay due to lack of health insurance. Also, in the case of minors, a dog bite lawyer can help put the settlement proceeds in a structured settlement until the minor turns 18.

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