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What To Do After a Dog Bite

What To Do After a Dog Bite

Friday, July 19th, 2013

When bitten by a dog in the Bronx, very few people’s first inclination is to speak to a dog bite attorney. It’s easy to wave off the incident as flukish, to say that it doesn’t rise to the level of a true personal injury case. We like dogs, and often, the dog who bites us belongs to a friend or neighbor. So dog bite victims don’t call attorneys; instead, they try and work out the problem themselves. This is admirable, but wrong-headed. Speaking to a dog bite attorney about your incident isn’t cruel or callous, and it doesn’t lock you into an expensive, time-consuming and divisive law suit. What it does is give you options. If you suffer a dog bite, you should take a few steps to ensure that you still have options to pursue justice and compensation:

  • Identify the owner: It’s important for you to know who owns the dog. It does you little good to say that you were bitten by a small brown dog on a Bronx street. You need the owner’s name and his contact information
  • Get information about the dog: Most importantly, ask the owner if the dog is up to date on its shots and if it has any diseases. This isn’t just important for any legal action you undertake, it’s medically crucial. Get the age and breed of the dog as well.
  • Seek medical attention: Once you have all this information, please, get yourself treated at a hospital or by your doctor. Tell the doctor what happened. Make sure you note that it was a dog bite. And if the dog does have any diseases, especially rabies, tell the doctor that as well.

Once you’ve done all of these things, get in touch with an experienced, capable dog bite attorney.

If you’ve suffered a dog bite in the Bronx and you want to understand your legal options, please contact the offices of Charles N. Rock, P.L.L.C today to schedule a free consultation.
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