What to Do If You’re Bitten by a Neighbor’s Dog
Any dog is capable of inflicting serious damage, no matter its size or disposition. Even if your neighbor’s dog has been friendly toward you in the past, it’s entirely possible to sustain a bite through no fault of your own. Arizona has laws that allow injured individuals to seek compensation for the losses stemming from a dog attack. However, time limits do apply, so speak with a personal injury lawyer promptly.
What to Do Immediately
Your first priority is getting to a safe place. There’s a possibility the dog will attack you again. If you’re inside your neighbor’s house, go into another room and put a closed door between you and the dog. If you’re outdoors, go inside your own home. While you’re moving away from the dog, try to keep an object between you and the animal, such as a garbage can or bicycle.
What to Do Soon
Once you’re in a safe place, press gently on the wound to encourage more bleeding. This helps flush out bacteria from the dog’s mouth. Then, use running water and soap to wash the wound. Apply pressure with a clean towel to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding slows or stops, apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage. Then, get to an urgent care clinic or hospital right away. Even if the bleeding stops, you’ll need to be seen by a doctor. Dog bites are notorious for having a high risk of infection. Plus, getting medical care promptly establishes an official record of the bite.
What to Do in the Days Ahead
Medical attention is your priority after a dog bite, but calling a lawyer should be high on your to-do list too. The sooner a lawyer can begin investigating the incident, the more likely it is that recoverable evidence is found. Heed your lawyer’s advice regarding what to do and what to avoid while your case is pending.
Mesch Clark Rothschild is a trusted law firm in Tucson, AZ that has recovered more than $100 million for our injured clients and their families. We’ll work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you deserve through negotiation, mediation, or litigation. Call us today at (520) 624-8886.