What should you do if bitten by a dog?

by | Mar 28, 2013 | Law

It is often said that a dog is man’s best friend, and there is a lot of truth in that statement. A dog can be a very loyal companion to you and your entire family. A dog can also be a good deterrent against burglary; it doesn’t even have to be a big dog, as long as it’s loud.

Even your own loyal animal can turn on you or one of your children, perhaps not on purpose, but because they were hurt or were subjected to a severe penalty for something they did that was not agreeable to the owner. If you suffer a dog bite under these circumstances, then you do not have to call a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA, there is nothing that they can do, you cannot claim damages from yourself.

What you should do:
If you are grabbed by a dog do not attempt to pull away, this will only incense the animal, and he will hold on even harder. It does little or no good to hit the dog either; this just enrages him even more. Dogs, regardless of their size have very strong jaws and the best way to open them is to pry them open with a stick or something similar. If you witness the dog going after one of your children, this is the way to get him to release his grip, this is also true if you are the dog’s victim, have someone else put the stick in the dog’s jaws and pry them open.

What medical aid do you need?
If your pet bites you, and you know he is protected against rabies, and the wound is superficial, you can treat yourself at home. Wash the wound with soap and water to remove any bacteria transferred to you from the dog’s saliva. Once the wound has been thoroughly cleaned, apply antiseptic to the wound and then apply any antibiotic cream and cover it with a clean bandage. Repeat this for a couple of days and the wound will heal with no after effects.

If the dog that bites you is not yours, but a neighbor’s dog or worse yet a stray, there is a different strategy. If this happens, you should see a doctor and contact a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA. You risk an infection if the bite is severe, this is doubly so if you have diabetes, have had your spleen removed or has had an organ transplant.

The legal aspects:
If the dog that bit you is not yours, you may have a legal case which can be pursued by a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA. If the dog that bit you was not on a leash or had bitten others in the past you may have grounds to sue the owner, recovering all the expenses, and claim for pain and discomfort.

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