How to Handle a Bite from Man’s Best Friend

The warm weather season is here, and another season has also arrived: dog season. Dog season is great for many reasons (who doesn’t love petting a corgi while on an afternoon walk?) but comes with some risks. 

How to Avoid a Dog Bite

Understanding the steps you can take to prevent a dog bite is important, especially if you have children.

  • Teach your children about dog safety and never leave a child alone with a dog. 
  • Look out for defensive signs. 
    • Raised fur on their backs
    • Growling 
    • Tense body posture
    • Bared teeth
    • Intense stare
  • Avoid contact with stray animals, even if they seem friendly.
  • Never reach behind a fence to pet a dog. 
  • Do not disturb a dog that is eating, with puppies, or sleeping. 

What to Do If You are Bit

In the unfortunate circumstance that you do experience a dog bite, the following are the steps you should take after the incident. 

  • Document all the details possible. 
  • Gather images of the injury, the dog, and the environment.
  • Collect the owner’s information. 
    • Name, phone number, address, and insurance information if the incident happened on their property. 
  • Inquire if there is any history of incidents with the same animal and the animal’s vaccination status.
  • If applicable, gather witness names and contact information. 
  • Seek medical attention. Hold on to any medical documents you receive. 

After you have completed the above steps, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling dog bite cases.

If you have been involved in a dog bite incident, you should reach out to the Albany-based personal injury lawyers at Dreyer Boyajian. Our experienced attorneys are always ready to assist you and ensure you get justice for the harm you have suffered. To schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience, give us a call at 518-463-7784 or contact us online at dreyerboyajian.com.

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