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Three things to do right away if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog

Three things to do right away if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog

When a dog bites you or a loved one, your first thought is probably to seek medical attention.

And that is a good idea, because dog bites can quickly become infected, as well as being painful and possibly disfiguring.

But did you know that in Ohio, dog owners can be liable for injuries caused by their pets? It’s true. And most people don’t know that they have rights and so after they are bitten by a dog, they foot the bill for their own medical care or take an insurance offer that is inadequate in comparison to the pain and suffering caused.

If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, here are three things to do right away.

  1. Seek medical help

The first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think the dog bite is severe, it’s a good idea to document the bite, make sure there is no infection and get any other necessary treatment. Make sure to document everything and get receipts.

  1. Report the bite

If you were bitten by a known dog, like your neighbor’s new puppy, make sure you call and report the bite to your local health department. If you don’t know who the dog belonged to – or if your dog was also bitten, it’s wise to call your veterinarian as well to make sure your pooch is treated.

  1. Call an attorney

Don’t try to handle this yourself. If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, it’s important that you know your rights – and protect them! Dog bites can have serious complications and trying to “work things out” with a neighbor, acquaintance or even a stranger can mean you don’t get the help you need to pay your bills. This is an insurance issue!

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