What to Do After a Utah Dog Bite

What to Do After a Utah Dog Bite

Looking at most dog bite cases

As injury attorneys one of the most difficult cases for us to handle are dog bite cases.  If you or a loved one has ever been injured in a dog bite attack, then you know how emotionally draining and frightening they can be.  This is largely due to the fact that the most likely victims of a canine attack are young children.  These tragic cases often make local news headlines because the results can be shocking.  As unfortunate as a dog bite case is, they are an important reminder that anything can happen when animals are involved.

Many Utahans have pets of their own, and a large part of the population loves dogs.  Afterall they are known as man’s best friend for a reason.  However, even the friendliest family dog can be unpredictable and can cause some serious injuries.  This is especially true when the dog is put in a situation that they are not normally used to.  For example, if young children are visiting or have wandered into their yard.  There are many reasons that children are the most likely victims of dog bites.  We will cover this topic in greater detail in the future, but here are some key elements.

Why children are likely victims 

  1. Children often look like smaller prey. They often run and will enact a chase instinct in the dog.
  2. Children are more likely to stress an animal out by imposing on their personal space. This includes bringing their face right up to the dogs and pulling the animals hair or tail.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  Because these injuries are relatively common, we want to discuss the important steps that should be taken if you or a loved one is ever involved in a dog bite situation.  After years of experience our Utah dog bite lawyers have a few items to remember should this unfortunate situation every happen.

What to do after a dog bite incident 

  1. The first and most important item is to get immediate medical attention either at a doctor’s office, hospital emergency, or urgent care clinic. Depending on the severity of the wounds they can be initially treated at your home.  If other cases 911 should be called in order to address the injuries and transport the injured person.  Prompt medical attention will help limit the affects the injuries have on the body and prevent infection.
  2. You should report the attack to the police or the animal control agency in your city or county. Make sure that you tell the authorities anything you know about the dog, including the name and address of the dog’s owner. Often enough the dog will be quarantined until deemed safe for the public by the agency.
  3. Document your injury by means of photographs immediately after the bite and all throughout the healing process.
  4. Contact an experienced dog bite attorney before your statute of limitations, to see if you are entitled to a settlement. Even if the dog owner’s insurance attempts to contact you directly, the adjuster will try to pay you out to get you to sign away legal rights to file a claim against them.  Don’t make the mistake of signing anything until you have had a personal injury consultation with a trusted law firm.


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