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What Should I Do If I Am Bitten by a Dog?


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 13, 2018 in Dog Bites

dog barking aggressivelyWhile many people see dogs as man’s best friend, many people are attacked and bitten by dogs each year. If you or someone you love is attacked by an aggressive dog, it is important to know what to do when you find yourself in this dangerous situation.

Below are several steps you may take to treat your injury and ensure your safety after a dog attack. To find out if you have a case, contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s dog bite lawyers in Watertown. We will investigate your claim to determine if you can take legal action against the dog’s owner to recover compensation. We can discuss your claim and the injuries you suffered during a free, no obligation consultation.

Stay Calm

It is important that you try to stay as calm as possible after a dog attack. If you react in a frightened or excited state, the dog may perceive this as aggressive and may continue to attack you.

Treat Your Injuries

If you are bitten or injured by an aggressive dog, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible for your injury. However, there are several steps you can take immediately after the attack to treat your injury:

  • Press on the wound gently to remove as much bacteria as possible
  • Wash the wound with mild soap and water
  • Stop the bleeding by using a clean cloth
  • Apply antibiotic cream
  • Wrap the wound in a sterile bandage
  • Monitor the wound for signs of infection, such as swelling, increased pain, fever or redness

Collect Information from the Owner

If you are able, try to get as much information about the dog and its owner as you can. This may be helpful in establishing the at-fault party in your personal injury claim.

This may include information such as the owner’s name, address, and contact information. Additionally, you will need to note whether the dog’s owner was present at the time of the attack, as well as whether he or she had control over the dog when it bit you.

Furthermore, you should collect information about the dog that attacked you, including its:

  • Name
  • Breed
  • Sex
  • Weight
  • Microchip number, if applicable
  • Rabies vaccination

It may also help to take pictures of the dog that bit you, the dog’s owner and the area where you were attacked. An attorney may use this information to hold the dog’s owner liable for your injuries.

If possible, try to get more information about the dog’s history after it bites you, including a list of its vaccinations. Ask the dog’s owner if you can have a copy of its vaccination records and whether the dog has shown signs of aggression or has a history of attacking people or other animals. Additionally, you may consider asking the owner’s neighbors or witnesses about the dog’s history.

Find Out if the Dog has a History of Aggression

Establishing that a dog has a history of aggression is very important to build your case against the dog’s owner. Connecticut follows a strict liability law when it comes to dog bites or attacks. This means you do not have to prove the dog’s owner or keeper knew it was vicious or acted negligently, according to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 22-357.

Additionally, you may also pursue your claim under a common law negligence theory. This will require you to prove the dog’s owner or keeper knew or should have known the dog was vicious.

Contact an Attorney

If you suffered a dog bite injury by an aggressive dog, it is important that you understand your rights. An attorney can help you understand if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries by holding the dog’s owner liable for the attack.

To schedule a free, no obligation consultation, contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s Watertown personal injury lawyers today. We will review your claim and help you understand which legal options you may have to pursue compensation.

All of our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront fees when we represent your claim. You only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your claim. There is no risk in contacting us to find out if you have a case.

Call (866) 848-7077 to get started today.