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Steps to take after a dog-bite injury

If a dog bit you or someone you love, there are steps you need to take to protect your rights. You may suffer lasting health problems from the attack, and taking the right steps now can make a big difference in whether you recover the compensation you will need to move on with your life.

Here are steps you should take after a dog attack.

1. Obtain immediate medical attention. Even if the bite does not seem serious, it may result in an infection or a permanent scar. If you twisted your ankle or knee in a fall caused by a dog attack, you may need future surgery. If you do not seek medical attention now, the insurance company may claim that you were not injured in the attack.

2. Report the dog bite to police. Your prompt action in reporting the attack may protect others from being bitten. It can create a record of attacks that can identify a negligent owner.

3. Contact a dog-bite attorney. An attorney can maximize your injury claim and identify all liable parties. For example, if you were bitten by a dog in a store, both the dog owner and the store owner may be liable.

4. Keep a journal of how the injury has affected you and take pictures of your wounds as they heal. Your words and pictures can provide powerful evidence of the damages you suffered.

5. Continue your medical treatment until you have recovered a fully as possible. This is important for two reasons: to recover your health and to document your injury.

The Law Offices of David P. Beeson & Associates in San Diego offers a free initial consultation to answer your questions about dog-bite injuries.

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