When you’re attacked by a dog, you may experience high medical bills, lost wages, trauma, pain and suffering. Roeser Law Firm is dedicated to fighting for your right to compensation.
Tips on What to Do After a Dog Bite Injury
So you’ve suffered a dog bite and wonder what to do now. You might think the bite isn’t serious enough to run to the emergency room, but there are small punctures that concern you. It’s right for you to be concerned. According to WebMD, half of all dog bites introduce bacteria into the wound. That is very worrisome, so knowing what to do is essential. If a dog happens to bite you and cause punctures or draw blood, doing the following six things is recommended.
The Roeser Law Firm
The Roeser Law Firm can help you receive compensation if you or a loved one has been attacked and injured by a dog. It’s not necessary to face the aftermath of an aggressive dog attack alone when you’ve sustained injuries. To help you obtain compensation, we can collect evidence and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Cleanse the Wound
Using mild soap, wash your dog bite wound. Running warm water from the tap over it for at least five minutes can help remove bacteria. Doing this for 10 minutes would be even better.
Apply Antibiotic Cream
Most families keep a tube of an over-the-counter antibiotic in their medicine cabinets at home for small injuries. By applying antibiotic cream, you reduce the risk of infection.
Bandage Your Wound
Use a sterile bandage to cover your wound. This adds an extra layer of protection until you can get an appointment with your doctor.
Call Your Doctor for an Appointment
Even if your dog bite injury appears to be minor, seeing your doctor as soon as possible is a good idea. Your doctor will want information on the animal that inflicted the dog bite to ensure it is vaccinated, especially against rabies. In addition, physicians often prescribe a round of antibiotics to those who have suffered a dog bite, which reduces the risk of infection and gives you a tetanus booster. Tetanus can be serious and can be caused by the puncture wounds from a dog bite.
Change the Bandages Regularly
It’s important to change your bandages daily or if they get wet. This not only helps keep the wound clean but gives you a chance to see if there are any signs of infection.
Report the Dog Bite
Under the law, all animal bites must be reported to DC Animal Control at (202) 576-6664. Doing this right away to protect your claim. If you suffer injuries from a dog bite that require medical care and cause you to lose time at work, you may want to recover compensation.
Roeser Law Firm – Dog Bite Lawyers
When you’re attacked by a dog, you may experience high medical bills, lost wages, trauma, pain and suffering. Roeser Law Firm is dedicated to fighting for your right to compensation. You can schedule a complimentary case review by calling us at (202) 660-4070. You will receive answers to your questions, learn if you can file a claim and find out about your options for recovering damages. It is also possible to reach us online.