Approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and more than half of those victims are children between the ages of 5 and 9. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five dog bite wounds require medical attention. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, follow these essential steps to avoid infection and to get you on the road to compensation.
After you remove yourself from the threat, thoroughly wash your wound with soap and water. For small wounds, apply an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin or Bacitracin to the injury and wrap it in a clean bandage. For deep wounds, apply pressure using a clean, dry cloth until the bleeding stops and then bandage the injury.
You should call 911 or your local emergency medical services immediately if the bleeding persists or if you feel weak.
Whether your wound is minor or deep, pay attention to its healing process. If the wound becomes red, warm, or swollen, or if you develop a fever, see a doctor right away. You should also seek medical attention if you are unsure if the dog had been vaccinated against rabies or if you have not had a tetanus shot in over 5 years.
Gathering the following information helps to ensure that your experience is recorded in case you seek medical compensation for your injury later.
Dogs may be “man’s best friend,” but they can be unpredictable at times. When dog owners fail to properly watch and restrain their animals, they risk injuring others. If you or your child has been the victim of a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical, emotional, and mental pain. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are available 24/7 to listen and respond to your case. If you were injured by a dog attack, contact Thomas J. Henry for a free case review.