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What To Do After a Dog Bite


Dogs can add years of love and companionship to our lives, but there are times when even the most mild-mannered dog can become aggressive. Unfortunately, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year. Since dog bite injuries can have significant medical, legal, and financial ramifications, it’s important to know what to do after a dog bite.

Seek Medical Care:

Some people may not be thinking clearly after the attack, and they assume that their injury is not significant enough to see a doctor. However, some dogs are not vaccinated against rabies, and even the smallest wounds that puncture the skin can easily become infected. If possible, before you are treated, take pictures of your wounds to document the injury more accurately.

Secure the Dog Owner's Information:

Just as you would after a vehicle accident, exchange information with the dog’s owner so you can easily contact them after the incident and verify the dog’s vaccination history.

Secure Witnesses:

Get the contact information for anyone who witnessed the incident. If there is a need for an insurance claim or lawsuit, eyewitness accounts can be beneficial.


Notify Animal Control:

It is crucial to file a report with your local animal control agency. This will help prevent future dog bites, and their investigation into the incident may help with your insurance claim or case.

Documenting a Dog Bite

First, document the injuries in photos, journal entries and secure and keep medical records. Make notes of the visible injuries and the effects of those injuries, such as pain and mobility issues. Also, write down the events and circumstances surrounding the bite providing as much detail as you can remember.

Document all communication you have with others. This will help if you are dealing with an insurance company or a lawsuit. Also, keep records of any expenses you acquire from the dog bite incident, including medical bills and lost wages—more documentation is always better in the long run.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer

At Mapp, Mapp, and Klein, our lawyers have extensive experience handling personal injury cases, including dog bites. We know how to deal with the other party’s insurance company and how to negotiate a settlement. We will make sure you are fairly compensated, so you have the opportunity to make a full recovery.


To help ease the pain and stress of a dog bite incident, let our legal team help you increase your chances of a successful personal injury lawsuit. Contact Mapp, Mapp, & Klein to speak to one of our lawyers, 757-787-8900!