What to Do After You Are Bitten By a Dog and Dog Bite Treatment

What to Do After You Are Bitten By a Dog and Dog Bite Treatment

Being bit by a strange dog, or even a dog you know, can be frightening. If a dog is startled or feels threatened, they may lash out and cause injury to those near.

Not every dog bite incident will result in a severe injury. However, it is still crucial to seek medical attention. Even a small bite can result in infection and disease.

A dog bite can cause injuries and diseases such as:

  • Cuts and wounds
  • Bruises
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • Capnocytophaga infection
  • Pasteurella infection
  • Staph infection

Clean and Dress the Wound

The first thing you should do when you are bit by a dog is make sure your injuries are clean, and that any bleeding is addressed. Use soap and water to clean the area and an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, then apply a sterile bandage.

For cases of severe bleeding, call an ambulance so the wound can be closed right away.

See a Doctor

Once you are able to, visit a hospital to receive treatment for your dog bite. A doctor will be able to evaluate what injuries you sustained in the incident, and provide the proper treatment.

If there are any deep wounds, you will probably need to get stitches. Your doctor may x-ray the bite site too if there is any reason to suspect a bone fracture.

Regardless of the injuries you sustained, a doctor will most likely test for infection. If your wounds are infected, medical staff can provide a medication that will treat it.

Pursue Legal Action

The person who owns the dog who bit you may be legally liable for your injuries. If this is the case, you could recover compensation for your medical bills.

Contact Pierce, Sloan, Wilson Kennedy & Early LLC if you were bitten by a dog. Call (843) 968-0886 or send us a message to schedule a free case evaluation with our lawyers.
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