You may not think that you or your family is at risk of being attacked by a dog, but statistics suggest that the majority of dog attacks involve a dog the victim knows. However, you always run the risk becoming a victim of a San Diego dog bite injury by any dog you are near.

What You Should Do Following a Dog Bite Attack

In this article, we have compiled a list of recommendations you should follow in the event you or your child is attacked by a dog. The seven steps include:

  1. Determine if the dog is a stray or who the owner is. Rabies is a serious disease that could turn fatal. Identifying the dog will help determine whether or not you need rabies shots. In addition, knowing who the owner is will assist in the investigation.
  2. Snap as many pictures of the wounds as possible. It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Pictures of your wounds will speak volumes, especially if your case goes before a jury. Take as many pictures as you can immediately following the attack.
  3. Seek medical treatment. Infections are common in dog bite injuries. Seek medical attention immediately, no matter how minor your injuries appear. Don’t hesitate to dial 911 if your injury is severe.
  4. File a Bite/Attack Report. Even if your injuries are not serious, you should file a dog bite report with the city or county animal control. Legally documenting the attack will help build a stronger case. In addition, it might prevent another person from being attacked by the same pet.
  5. Be your own PI—gather as much information as possible. You can help your own case by gathering as much information as you can. This will include the name, phone number, and address of the dog’s owner. You should also get the dog’s licensing information, as well as check to see if the dog has previously been reported for aggression.
  6. Start a journal. You should begin to chronicle your experience immediately following the attack. Write down everything you remember about the attack, as well as any difficulties or discomforts your injuries have caused you. This could hold a lot of weight in court.
  7. Speak to a dog bite injury attorney right away. Dog bite injury law is complex. The issues surrounding dog bites can be difficult to figure out. That is why you should call an experienced dog bite injury lawyer who can help you build a solid case.

Put Our Experience to Use

Keith J. Stone and his team have helped hundreds of Southern California dog bite injury victims recover for their damages. He has the experience and knowledge necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. He understands dog bite injury law and will work vigorously to ensure your compensation rights are protected.

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If you or your child has been injured in a dog attack, you should call San Diego dog bite injury attorney Keith J. Stone at (619) 531-2022 or 888-59-HELP-NOW. He will help you begin your case today.

The San Diego-based Office of attorney Keith J. Stone serves the following areas in Southern California:

San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties including the cities of:

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Keith J. Stone also handles cases originating elsewhere in California and across the USA.