An unexpected dog bite can be a traumatic experience for anyone, especially children. If this is your current predicament, seeking medical attention for their injuries isn’t enough. You should also ensure that the responsible party is accountable for their actions.
If you’re wondering what the next step should be, stick around; this article will provide the information you need.
Seek immediate medical attention
The first thing you should do if a dog has bitten your child is to seek medical attention. Even if the wound doesn’t seem serious, it’s important to have it cleaned and treated to prevent infection.
The doctor can determine if your son or daughter needs vaccinations or antibiotics to prevent infections. Be sure to call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately if the bite is severe.
Identify the dog and its owner
Get the owner’s name, address and phone number, as well as the dog’s breed and any other identifying information. This will be important later on if you decide to take legal action.
Report the incident to the authorities
In Indiana, dog bite incidents are taken seriously; therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate to report the incident to the authorities. Contact the local animal control office or the police department to report the dog bite.
Document the incident
Documenting the incident as much as possible is important to help with any potential legal action. Take pictures of your child’s injuries, the incident’s location and any other relevant details. In addition, keep track of any medical bills or other expenses related to the incident. This evidence can help maximize your compensation.
Even if you have a good relationship with your neighbor, you shouldn’t let a dog bite go unreported as the dog could go on to bite someone else. Please don’t shy away from taking the appropriate legal steps to ensure your child gets the care and support they need.