While it’s known that Austin is a community full of dog-havers and dog-lovers, dogs are still animals, and with that, can still be dangerous depending on the circumstance and the dog.
If you’re bitten by a dog, the bite should be taken extremely seriously. In fact, those who suffer a dog bite should make a hospital their first stop, but it’s equally important to consider the legal ramifications of such an injury as well.
If you or anyone that you know have suffered a dog bite in Austin, here some next steps that you should consider taking.
- First and foremost, seek medical attention right away. Never assume that a dog bite is minor in any way, shape, or form. It’s common knowledge that any and all animals carry bacteria that can result in both illnesses and dangerous infections in the event that the bacteria enters the bloodstream. Before seeking medical attention, it is not necessary to contact the police. You should, however, take the time to take photographs of your injury and, if possible, the dog that caused it.
- After you seek medical attention, contact your local Animal Control agency to report the incident, no matter how minor or major your injury, so that they can take notes about your injury and the dog that caused it.
- If the owner of the dog that caused the injury is present when the injury occurred, be sure to obtain their name and contact information. Under no circumstances should you ever discuss the incident itself or talk about any kind of a possible settlement with them directly or without legal advice. Additionally, if there were any other witnesses present when the incident occurred, be sure to take the time to obtain their names and contact information as well as their testimony could be useful in any potential case.
- If the dog that caused the injury is one that happens to be running wild, you will want to contact the police in order to report an animal control incident. If your injury is not that serious, try your best to remain in the area of the incident in order to provide the police with your contact information when they arrive. This will need to be done in the event that you will need to undergo a rabies test as a result of the injury you’ve sustained.
- If you have a child who was the victim of a dog bite, you will want to take the time to make a complete documentation of what occurred, as well as what kind of medical attention was sought and taken. Additionally, you will also need to take photographs and report the incident to the police in its entirety. This can be difficult to remember when you have an injured child, but it can make all the difference when looking for justice for their injury.
- In the event that you are acquainted with the owner of the dog that was responsible for the incident, notify them immediately of what happened. Furthermore, inform them that not only will you be seeking immediate medical attention, but that you will also be filing an official report regarding what has taken place. As previously mentioned, under no circumstances should you ever engage in any type of discussions regarding the incident itself or any kind of a potential settlement.
- Finally, get into contact with an experienced attorney for dog bite in Austin immediately. This is something that the owner of the dog responsible for the incident is likely to do as well. They may also contact their insurance company as a way to try to protect themselves from any liability. By speaking to an experienced attorney regarding the situation, you will be taking all of the necessary steps to ensure that your rights are protected and that you will receive the best representation possible. Furthermore, unless you have an attorney present, it is highly advised that you not give any recorded statements to anyone.
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