You like to think that a serious dog bite will never happen to you or a loved one, but the reality is that it happens more often than it should. The most important thing you can do after a dog bite is to seek immediate medical attention. This is true even if you don't think the bite is serious. The dog could have rabies or another disease, so it is important to get your injury examined. The following are some additional steps you should take in a dog bite incident:
- Try to determine the identity of the dog that bit you and the name of the owner. As long as you were not trespassing or didn't provoke the dog, the owner is liable for your injuries.
- File a report about the dog bite with the animal control unit closest to where the bite occurred. Be sure to provide information about the dog and its owner if you have it. If you were bitten by a stray, describe the animal to the best of your ability.
- Ask someone to take pictures of your injuries while they are still fresh. If possible, take a picture of the dog and the location where the attack took place.
Once you have completed all of the above steps, it is time to contact a personal injury lawyer. At San Diego law firm Thornes, Bartolotta and McGuire, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience representing victims of dog bites and other serious injuries. Under California law, you have two years from the date of the dog bite to file a lawsuit against the dog's owner. As soon as you have reasonably recovered, we encourage you to contact our office to discuss pursuing your case.