What to Do if a Dog Bites You

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Hi there, kids! Woodruff the law dog is back today with some information about dog bites. Yes, I know, I’m a dog. I don’t bite, but some dogs DO bite, so you need to know what to do if that happens to you. 

There you were, just playing basketball in the cul-de-sac with some friends, when a big dog comes over and charges at you. You weren’t bothering the dog or scaring it or anything, but it still came over and chased you and your friends before deciding to taste your leg. 

Luckily, your buddies were able to scare the dog away, and someone followed the dog to the house where it lives. Although you are going to be okay, the dog really hurt you. What do you do?

Get Medical Help and Tell Your Parents

Send your friends to get help. They should run and tell an adult what happened right away. The adult can then come and get you and take you to the doctor or to the hospital. If no adults can be found, you should call 911. A dog bite can be serious. You could have tissue damage, nerve damage, or you could even develop a serious infection or disease after being bitten by a dog.

Some dogs have rabies, which is a serious disease. If you are unsure if the dog has this disease, you may have to get a rabies shot to protect you from getting this disease. However, many doctors will want to monitor you just to be on the safe side.

What Your Parents Can Do

After you’ve been treated by a medical professional, your parents can look into getting a lawyer. Your parents can click here for a personal injury lawyer or they can look into finding one themselves. Personal injury lawyers can assist in filing a personal injury claim against the owner of the dog that bit you.

When a pet owner does not control their pet and you are injured, they could get into trouble. Dog owners are supposed to keep their dogs fenced or on a leash. If a dog escapes from their house and hurts someone, it’s the dog’s owner who is to blame.

A personal injury claim could allow you and your parents to receive money to pay for your dog bite injuries, your medical treatment costs, and to pay for your pain and suffering. You have probably missed school and you may even have a gnarly scar. You should receive money for how the dog bite has caused you to suffer.

Woodruff the Law Dog Is Here to Help You

Now you know what to do if a dog bites you. Find an adult or call for help. Visit me, Woodruff the Law Dog, for more legal information. 

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