What to Do if You've Been Bitten by a Dog

What to Do if You’ve Been Bitten by a Dog


28 Aug, 2017

There are a wide range of scenarios in which you may be bitten by a dog; whether your puppy nips you a bit too hard while teething, your adult dog accidentally nicks you with its teeth while playing or a stranger’s dog bites you while walking down the street or at a dog park. he steps you should take to address the bite depend on two main factors: how severe the wound is and 
whose dog is responsible.

Superficial dog bites

If the wound or gash is merely superficial (surface level), use running water to thoroughly wash it out then apply hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the cut. Apply a topical antibiotic to further aid in cleaning out the wound and cover it with a bandage to shield it from germs and bacteria.

Puncture wounds

If your wound is bleeding profusely or is located on your head or neck, call 911 immediately. However, if the flow of blood is steady, it’s a good idea to let it run its course for around five minutes, as blood flowing from the wound helps clean it by flushing potentially harmful bacteria. After five minutes, apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding; if this doesn’t help, seek emergency medical attention right away. Once the bleeding ceases, clean the wound under running water with a mild soap for five minutes.

While products like hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol are effective methods for cleaning superficial wounds, they’re not ideal for puncture wounds as they may delay the healing process.

 Disease considerations

If you are bitten by a random, unknown dog, do not attempt to stop, catch or restrain the animal; contact animal control right away so they can try to find the dog. Contact the police and visit your doctor or an emergency room so you can begin rabies vaccinations immediately (especially if the dog that bit you seemed aggressive, partially paralyzed or acted strangely in any other way).

If the dog in question was not unknown and was, in fact, someone’s pet, it’s important you still thoroughly clean and disinfect the wound, as all animal bites transmit bacteria and run the risk of causing infection.

Know Your Rights to Legal Compensation if Someone 
Else’s Dog Bites You

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s dog biting you, it’s important to know that you have a legal right to seek compensation from the owner for injuries you suffered, especially if the bite was severe enough to require professional medical attention. Phoenix personal injury attorney Steven R. Garcia has helped many Phoenix metro area dog bite victims fight for the compensation they deserve, and he’d be honored to help you do the same.

Though you may not feel great about filing a claim against someone’s beloved pet – especially if the owner is someone you know personally – it’s important to keep in mind that you may not be the only person this dog has bitten, or will bite. Plus, you shouldn’t be responsible to cover the costs of medical care you needed as a result of someone else’s dog.

The first thing you should do after sustaining a serious dog bite is to report the problem to the police so they can make an official record and refer to it down the road should this same dog bite another person. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced personal injury attorney like Steven R. Garcia, who has extensive experience helping Arizona residents seek compensation for damages incurred after a dog bite. He will work tirelessly to investigate the incident and build a strong case to help you recover the money you deserve.

To learn more about Steven Garcia’s approach to personal injury cases or to put his wealth of experience to work on your case, contact us at (602) 277-2277 for a free consultation.
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