Dog Bite in Franklin County? Here’s What to DoMar 07, 2019 Animal Attacks Legal Blog Ohio Personal Injury
Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Dogs are often considered family and offer love and compassion. However, sometimes they tragically become aggressive and bite another person. When they do, a victim may be left with serious injuries like scratches, fractures, puncture wounds, rabies, nerve damage, and infections. Owners should be responsible with their pets, but with all the dogs in Franklin County, dog bites are an unfortunate reality. At KNR, we’ve created this list of steps you should take if you do face a dog bite in Franklin County.
Also, if you’ve been hurt by a dog bite, it is in your best interest to reach out to the skilled and knowledgeable Columbus dog bite lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Call us at (614) 487-8669 to increase your chances of recovering what you deserve. We offer free, initial consultations and are only paid when you recover compensation.
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite
After a dog bites, you will probably be terrified and unsure of what to do. Try to remain calm and follow these steps to protect your or a loved one’s health as well as your rights.
- Get the name and contact information of the owner: Find out the name and phone number of the dog’s owner. Also, figure out what type of dog they have.
- Preserve evidence: Use your smartphone to snap photos of the dog, the owner, your wound, torn clothing, and anything else that may prove what happened.
- Write down what happened: You are likely to forget exactly what happened days or weeks after the dog bite. So, it’s a good idea to jot down all of the events and circumstances of the dog bite immediately after it occurs.
- Press and wash the wound: Right after a dog bite, gently press the wound to flush out any bacteria you can. Then, use warm soap and water to wash the wound thoroughly.
- Treat the wound: Apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream and wrap it in a sterile bandage. Be sure to change the bandage throughout the day and keep your wound wrapped in it until you seek medical attention.
- Visit the doctor: Even if you think you’re fine or your dog bite is minor, it’s imperative to visit the doctor. When you do so, inform them of the incident and how it happened. The doctor will likely clean the wound and apply an ointment. If they believe you may have an infection, you can expect them to prescribe antibiotics. They may also suggest stitches or a booster shot.
- Report the dog bite: If your doctor has not done so, report your dog bite to Franklin County Public Health. You should fill out an animal bite intake form and fax it to (614) 525-3160.
- Contact a dog bite lawyer: A dog bite lawyer can investigate your case, determine liability, and help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to.
Why Consult a Dog Bite Lawyer
An experienced dog bite lawyer is well-versed in dog bite laws in Ohio. They also have access to a team investigators, which may be important if you lack evidence. If you have a valid case, the lawyer can help you determine who is at fault for the dog bite and file a claim on your behalf.
The claim can be used to collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. In addition, the lawyer can ensure the same dog does not harm you or someone else again.
Bitten by a Dog in Franklin County? Contact KNR
If you’ve been injured as a result of a dog bite in Franklin County, reach out to a dog bite lawyer at KNR right away. We can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. Call (614) 487-8669 today or contact us online. Consultations are free, and our lawyers are only paid when you recover compensation.