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What to do After a Dog Attack

There’s a clear difference between puppy teething and a bite that qualifies as an attack. Whether provoked or unprovoked, being bitten is frightening, and depending on the situation in which the attack occurs, there are certain steps you’ll need to take. Here are the key points you’ll need to remember if you or a loved one is attacked by a dog.

During the Attack

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, your first response will generally be to pull away and run; however, this can cause more problems than it solves. Pulling away from a dog that has latched on can make your wounds much worse. Do your best to protect your face, neck, and head and fight back. Hit the dog around their face, nose, and throat.

If you can escape, do so immediately. If not, use your weight to your advantage and try to pin the dog down while staying out of range of its teeth.

Treating Your Wounds

After the attack it’s important to seek medical help, especially if you don’t know the dog.
Apply pressure, keep the area elevated, and seek medical help immediately. Make sure to mention any health conditions you have that might make you more prone to infection.

If You’re Attacked by an Acquaintance’s Dog

Get all the information you can: the owner’s name, contact info, and their dog’s medical information. You want to make sure you can get in touch with this person if you decide to press charges and you want to know for sure that you will not contract any diseases as a result of the bite.

If You’re Attacked by a Stray Dog

These types of attacks tend to be the worst case scenario. Stray dogs are sometimes feral, and thus do not know how to interact with humans. They may attack for a variety of reasons and they may not give any warning signs beforehand.

After the attack, do not try to catch or trap the animal. Seek medical help and contact animal control as soon as you can.

The biggest concern after a stray dog attacks is rabies. If the dog appears partially paralyzed or behaves strangely it might be rabid. Get to a doctor immediately to begin rabies treatment.

Contact a Trusted Dog Bite Attorney

Recovering from any injury, especially one as traumatic as a dog attack can leave you feeling bewildered and helpless. To get the legal assistance and representation you deserve, contact the experienced attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C. in Atlanta.

Reach out to us by phone at (404) 334-3013 or online to schedule your free case consultation now.