What to Do If a Dog Attacks

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

In some cases, a vicious or dangerous dog, an untrained or neglected dog, or a dog allowed to run loose can cause serious injury or even kill a person by attacking or biting. If you or loved a one is bitten by a dog, remember what to do afterward.

What should I do immediately after a dog has attacked me?

After a dog attack, the steps you take afterward should address your immediate medical needs and preserve evidence that might be used if you’re filing a claim to recover damages from the attack.

If you’re bitten by a dog:

  • seek immediate medical attention for your injuries;
  • obtain the name and contact information of witnesses and the dog’s owner if possible;
  • take photos of the scene, the dog (if possible) and your injuries;
  • call the police and/or the local animal control center to file a report; and
  • keep documentation of any reports, medical records or other pertinent information.

If you believe the owner’s negligence allowed or failed to prevent the dog bite, or if the owner allowed the dog to run at large, it is important to take these steps so that you can build a strong and credible personal injury case. Share any evidence and details of the attack with your attorney, who may use it to demonstrate not only liability under West Virginia dog bite laws, but to establish damages in the dog bite claim, including PTSD.

Seeking Help from a Dog Attack Attorney in Clarksburg

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.7 million people suffer from a dog bite every year in the United States. If you were injured in a dog attack, The Miley Legal Group can help. Contact us at 888-436-0859 to set up a free consultation with an attorney who can evaluate case details and help with your claim.

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