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What to Do After a Dog Bite

Dogs are known as man’s best friend. However, when a dog bites someone, especially a child, the injuries can be serious. If you or your child were bitten by a dog, you need to take action. In New York City, New York, you should get in contact with medical and legal experts from Grupo MedLegal for treatment and an evaluation of your legal options.

First-Aid Treatment

Dog bites that break the skin must be treated immediately. If the wound is bleeding, wait a few minutes before cleaning the germs from the wound. Apply pressure to the injury, and clean the area with an antiseptic.

Animals’ mouths carry germs and illnesses and can cause infection. For any wound that breaks the skin, seek medical advice about the injury. Check the wound to detect signs of infection, such as reddening, heat, or swelling.

Find the Dog’s Owner

Once the injuries are treated, it’s very important to find out who is the owner of the dog. If the animal is a stray without veterinary records, the injured person may need to be treated for rabies. If you know who the owner is, you should ask for a copy of the animal’s vaccination records.

Furthermore, get contact information for the dog’s owner and the witnesses of the incident. Take photos of the wounds, and see a doctor to document your injury.

Contact Animal Control

In New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene maintains an online notification system for dog bites that can be accessed 24 hours a day.

The city’s animal investigators will determine the legal owner of the dog, which will help if you need to file a claim for your injuries. You should cooperate with the investigation to the best of your abilities.

Contact a Lawyer

Dog bites can result in minimal injuries or serious wounds. For everyone’s safety, it’s important for dangerous dogs to be kept away from adults and children. When you make a report about your injury, you are helping to keep everyone safe.

You may be contacted by the dog owner’s insurance company, if their insurance policy covers injuries from dog bites. Never assume that the insurance company has your best interests in mind. Before speaking with the insurance company or making any type of agreement, always speak to an experienced lawyer first.

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