When you get home from a long day at work, you may want to take a walk or go for a run to decompress. Perhaps you want to stroll with your children down to the neighborhood playground. You probably do not anticipate that a dog may attack you while you are doing these things, but it is possible. Every day, people find themselves with unexpected injuries and complications after a dog bite.

It’s not always easy to know what to do in these situations. You may not be certain of what happened, who could be to blame or if you should call the authorities. Scenarios involving dog bites are not easy to navigate, and it can be helpful to know what you need to do in order to protect your legal, financial and physical interests after this type of incident.

What happens next?

Similar to practical steps you can take after a car accident, there are things you can do to lay the groundwork for a potential legal claim after an animal attack. Ohio law allows dog bite victims to seek appropriate compensation in certain situations, and you may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. Some of the things you can do to help your case after a dog bite include the following:

  • Try to get contact information from the other parties involved, including the owner of the pet. If that is not possible, try to write down as many details from the incident as you can remember.
  • Get medical care as soon as possible. Dog bites can lead to serious infections and permanent scarring. Severe bites can lead to blood loss, internal injury and the need for surgery.
  • Talk to witnesses who saw what happened to you. Try to secure their contact information in case there are disputes over the dog attack.
  • File a report with the local Animal Control office. This may help your own case if they launch an investigation.

Any documentation you can get after a dog bite may be helpful. Getting medical care establishes proof of your injuries, and you can do other things like take pictures of the injuries and keep up with any paperwork you have related to the incident. 

Fight for your recovery

A dog bite is more than just a painful inconvenience. It can leave you with medical bills, physical scarring and emotional trauma through no fault of your own. If you think you may have a case, it may help to start your right for a full recovery by seeking a complete evaluation of your case from a legal professional.