Checklist for Protecting Your Child After a Dog Bite in Texas

Many parents face a flood of emotions when their child is attacked by a dog. They might feel angry that this dog was loose and simultaneously terrified for the well-being of their son or daughter. These feelings are totally natural, but it is also essential to stay calm and take the steps necessary to make sure your child will be all right.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Don’t have an internal debate about whether or not your child’s injury is “serious enough” to warrant a visit to the doctor. Just do it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and not all serious injuries appear that way at first glance. Take a picture of the injuries to document the physical effects of the attack and keep track of any medical expenses you incur; these will be extremely helpful when you meet with an Austin dog bite lawyer.

After your child’s physical injuries have been attended to, you might want to consider seeking emotional support as well. Being viciously attacked by a dog can emotionally scar a child, so keep an eye on them to see if their normal attitude has changed at all. You may even want to consider speaking with a licensed therapist if you are having emotional trouble. Another great option is to attend a Texas dog bite support group in your area; many people find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

Report the Incident

Dog bites are not something you should keep to yourself because if the proper authorities are not notified, that dog could attack another child again. Call these groups immediately following an attack:

  • The police

  • The animal control officer

  • Your local health department 

By contacting these people, you are protecting yourself and others. You will be able to find out if the dog is fully vaccinated and whether the attack is worthy of an investigation. Also, by reporting the incident, you can find out if the dog has bitten before. This is important because Texas has a “one bite free” rule and if the attacking dog is a repeat offender, you will have a greater chance of winning a legal battle.

Call an Austin Dog Bite Lawyer

Earl Straight is a Texas dog attack attorney and has 26 years of experience defending victims. He will make sure that you and your child are fully protected and receive the help that you deserve. If you have any questions about legal proceedings for dog bites and would like a free consultation, call 512-454-1331.