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First Steps After a Dog Bite From A Legal Perspective

After you are safe from further attack, take steps to identify the breed of the animal that attacked you.  Many dangerous dog breeds will attack humans with little or no provocation.  Be sure to note any distinguishing markings on the animal.  If the animal is unknown to you, try to find out if any other sightings of the animal have been reported.  It is important to try and identify the specific animal where possible.  If you there is a need to test for rabies, the animal should be tested first.  Otherwise, painful rabies testing may be ordered for you by the emergency room physician.

Seek Medical Attention

Medical attention is a necessity for dog bite injuries.  Amazingly, 1,000 people every day will come to an American emergency room with dog bite injuries.  Facial injuries from dog bites, especially, need immediate attention.  Insist that such injuries be examined by a trained plastic surgeon.  While the emergency room staff can and will most likely do a tremendous job of caring for the wounds inflicted by the dog bite, it takes the skill of a plastic surgeon to make sure that the efforts made to stitch together the wounds will also ensure the best possible cosmetic outcome.  In some instances, even after the initial wounds have healed, horrific facial scarring will continue to reinjure the dog bite victim for many years to come.

There are a other essential steps to take following a dog bite injury.  If you are contacted by the dog owner's insurance company, be sure to find out the following:

  1. Name, address, and phone number of the insurance company
  2. If possible, the claim number
  3. Name of the insured
  4. Amount available on the policy for medical expenses


At any time, be aware of the person you are speaking with and the subject matter involved.  Counsel family members (and the victim if it is not you) to remember the following:

  1. Never write any information down regarding the incident for the dog owner or their insurance carrier
  2. Do not allow yourself to be recorded or photographed
  3. Refrain from any discussion about money, do not accept money under any circumstances
  4. Never declare who you believe to be responsible for the dog bite attack
  5. Do not sign anything; do not set up a meeting with anyone


If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack, the personal injury lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys can help you find answers to the many questions you are facing.  Call them at 888-348-2616 for your no cost, no obligation consultation.  For more information, download your copy of the resource guide 10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim.

James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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