After you have been attacked by a dog, you need to speak with a canine attack injury lawyer Tampa, FL turns to from Jeff Murphy Law. Unfortunately, “man’s best friend” is not always so friendly and one bite from a dog can cause you to lose a lot of blood or it can get incredibly infected. Just because you have a dog of your own or have been around dogs your whole life does not mean that all dogs are well-trained and will not attack you. Unfortunately, this kind of event can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term emotional scars. If you have been injured by a dog attacking you and are unsure of the next steps regarding treatment and seeking compensation, do not hesitate to call our office.
What steps should I take after a dog attack?
We understand that you may be dealing with many emotions after a dog attack, especially fear. After you have been bitten, there are a few things you should do if you are able.
- Get Help. If you are able to drive yourself to a local emergency room or hospital, you should go. If you cannot leave, call 9-1-1 or try to find someone nearby who can call 9-1-1 for you. Many people do not realize the severity of dog bites. If the wound does not seem life-threatening, still seek help from a doctor.
- Report the Incident. You may think you have done this by going to a medical professional, but you should tell the proper authorities. This means reporting the dog attack to animal control or other local authorities. Especially when you are seeking compensation after an attack, you want to make sure it was well-documented.
- Take Pictures. You want to be able to provide solid evidence to your dog bite Lawyer Tampa, FL relies on. This means you should take pictures immediately following the attack and the progression of the wounds while you heal.
- Contact an Attorney. When it comes to getting compensation for your injuries, filing a claim may be harder than you think. You want to make sure you have someone who understands dog attack laws and who can help you when you want to get the full extent of compensation.