Dog bites and attacks are more prevalent than you may think. Unfortunately, they can result in severe injuries that may be fatal. With so many options out there for the treatment of these types of injuries, it’s important to know how to handle the financial burden of your medical bills.

One of the first and best things you should do after being injured by a dog is to speak with a personal injury lawyer from Turco Legal, P.C. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and what to do next. 

Here’s what you should do after being injured in a dog attack.

  • Seek professional medical care immediately

Dog bites can cause multiple types of injuries that may require specialized treatments to properly heal. After being in an attack, you should immediately seek medical attention. It’s always a good idea to contact the doctor right away because there are a number of things that could happen when you wait to seek medical attention including:

  • You could leave out important information about your injuries from the doctor or hospital staff
  • Medical records may be incomplete or inaccurate if you do not report your injuries promptly and that will reduce your chances of getting compensation
  • The risk of infection may increase
  • Report the incident to the dog owner

The owner of the animal can be held liable for your injuries in a variety of ways, so they should be informed at the earliest. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Write down all of the details of the dog attack and your injuries as soon as possible
  • Report the incident to local authorities immediately. If you or anyone else is in danger, call 911 immediately
  • Document the incident and your injuries

After the incident, take pictures or videos of your injuries and keep a record of what happened. This will help you show the extent of your injuries later on and may make it easier to get compensation for losses like medical bills or lost wages.

  • Seek legal help

Dog bites can be serious, so it’s important to hire a lawyer who will help you understand your rights after an attack. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and get you the compensation you deserve. 

  • Get therapy

Dog bites can sometimes result in anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. You should speak with a professional therapist who specializes in treating victims of dog attacks for any emotional trauma or stress that may result.

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