Dog Attacks Are Frightening: What To Do


Imagine that you are enjoying a run in the park, when all of a sudden a strange and snarling dog comes toward you. If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog, would you know what to do afterward?

Some dog bites result in superficial injuries such as scratches or small cuts. Other injuries are more serious including puncture wounds, lacerations, nerve damage, infection, fractures, rabies and scarring disfigurement.

In addition to physical harm, a dog attack may cause emotional and psychological damage to the victim with symptoms ranging from fear of dogs to nightmares and PTSD.

Dog attacks can even be fatal. In 2014, a 13-year old boy in Paterson died after being attacked by a bull mastiff.

What To Do If You Have Been Attacked by a Dog

If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog attack or dog bite, here are important steps to take:

  • If safe to do so, try to get a photo of the animal and names of any witnesses.

  • Treat the wound carefully. Elevate the area and apply a clean bandage or towel. Clean the injury thoroughly and bandage.

  • Get medical attention even if the wound looks superficial. It’s important to have medical documentation of your injury right from the beginning. If the dog was a stray, you may also need a series of rabies shots or a tetanus shot.

  • Call the police or your local animal control so the dog can be tested for any disease and so others won’t be harmed. File a written report about the attack.

  • Take photos of your injuries.

Next, and importantly, contact an attorney experienced in dog attacks and dog bites. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Any settlement will be based on a number of factors including but not limited to the extent of and location of your injuries, the amount of lost wages and both current and future medical expenses, as well as the existence of permanent injuries and scars.

We Can Help If You Have Been Injured in a Dog Attack

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