Even the sweetest dog is capable of biting under certain circumstances, as reflected in the millions of people who are bitten by dogs every year. Dog bite injuries can be bad enough to have significant medical and legal ramifications, so it’s crucial to take the proper steps if it happens to you.
Reporting a Dog Bite
You are required by law to report the dog bite to Anchorage Animal Care and Control by going online or calling 343-8119 to make a report. The animal responsible for the bite will need to be quarantined to be observed for signs of rabies. Filing a report can also help prevent future dog bites. Animal Control's investigation into the incident may provide useful details for your case.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
Notify the dog owner about the bite, but do not engage in conversation about your injuries or what happened prior to the injury. Exchange information, much as you would do after a traffic accident. Get their name and contact information. If there are any witnesses to the bite, get their contact information as well. If there is a lawsuit or insurance claim, this information will be crucial. Try to remember as many details of the incident as possible and write them down before you forget. This should include the type of dog, where the incident happened, what you were doing when it happened, and where the dog came from.
If possible, take photographs of your injuries. As soon as you are able, stop the bleeding with a clean cloth and wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water. Use an antibacterial cream if you have it, then apply a sterile dressing. Keep the wound bandaged and see your doctor. Ask the physician about a tetanus booster and/or rabies vaccination.
Contacting an Attorney
Depending on the severity of the dog bite, you may need to contact an attorney regarding your injury. Insurance companies will do their best to pay out the least amount possible, and an experienced attorney can help with negotiations to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.