How Do I Prove A Dog Bite Incident Occurred?
According to The National Center for Disease Control, roughly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. It’s estimated that 885,000 people experience bites serious enough to require medical treatment. Dog bites typically happen on residential properties and in spaces where people and dogs are mixed together. In this blog, we explain what to do if you are ever bitten by a dog.
Seek Medical Assistance
It’s important to get medical attention immediately after you’ve been bitten. This includes small, seemingly minor bites as well. All dog bites can potentially transmit viruses, bacteria, and rabies.
Report the Attack
It’s a good idea to call the police if you’ve been bitten by dog. A police report makes for strong evidence and can be helpful when you have to negotiate your insurance claim. Remember to refer to the bite as an attack, they are the same thing according the law.
Contact Animal Control
Animal control can investigate the attack for you. In some circumstances, they have the power to:
- Issue fines or citations to the owner
- Force the owner to confine, leash, or muzzle the dog
- Order tests for rabies and other viruses that the dog might have
Obtain the name, address, and insurance information of the dog’s owner. Get the same information from the homeowner, landlord, or building owner as well. If you’re seriously injured, you should ask a friend or family member to help you out with this. Although this information might be in the police report or animal control incident report, you probably won’t have access to these documents for some time.
You should also take clear photos of your injury, bite marks, the dog, and the area where the incident occurred. However, you should only do so if the environment is safe.