Steps To Take After Your Child Has Been Bit By A Dog


Seeing your child being attacked or bit by a dog can be a scary position to be in. Fortunately though, in most cases, a dog bite does not result in major injuries. If your child is bleeding heavily or has substantial injuries, the first and only thing you should be worried about is getting your child medical care. If the bite has broken the skin, but your child's injuries are not severe, here are the steps you will want to follow after your child was bit by a dog. 

Obtain Owner Information and Shot Records

After your child was bitten by a dog, you should attempt to obtain owner information and the shot record for the dog. If the owner is present or you know what house the dog came from, talk to the owner and get their name, address and phone number. It is also important to obtain the shot record for the dog, particularly the date the rabies vaccination was given, as it can affect how your child is treated. 

If No Owner is Present, Call the Authorities

If the owner is not present, contact the authorities. Most cities and counties recommend that you contact 311, or the non-emergency helpline. They can then help to determine whether animal control, the police or both should be dispatched to the scene. Contacting the authorities helps to take a potentially dangerous animal off of the streets, while also potentially helping to find the owner of the dog, if the dog is chipped or has any identifying tags on. 

Document As Much Information as Possible

After you are safe and secure, try to document as much information as possible. If possible, take a picture of exactly where your child was when he or she was attacked and where the dog came from. It is also important to write down street names, obtain witness information and detail exactly what happened both prior to and during the time the dog was attacking your child. 

Take Your Child to a Doctor

After the authorities have arrived, or you have obtained information from the owner, you will want to take your child to a doctor. This is important if the dog broke skin. Your child may need antibiotics or other treatments, depending on whether the dog was vaccinated against rabies or not. 

Consult With a Personal Injury Attorney

Lastly, take the time to consult with a personal injury attorney. The dog owner is responsible for your child's medical expense, compensation for any permanent scars and disfigurement your child may have and may have to shoulder the cost of any psychiatric treatment your child may have due to a nightmares or anxiety they have over the dog bite. A great attorney can help you figure out if you have a case and obtain the maximum amount of money for your child. 

Having a dog bite your child can be scary. Knowing how to proceed during such a hectic and chaotic time is important. These steps will help guide you through the process of obtaining the information and evidence you may need to help with a personal injury case you may file against the owner of the dog. Visit a site like for more help.


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