What should I do if I get bitten by a dog?

 

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Getting bitten by a dog can be terrifying. In the moments following an attack, it can be difficult to focus on what you're supposed to do next. Obviously, if your injury is very serious and requires immediate medical attention, don't wait to call 911. Your health should be your number-one priority following an attack. However, depending on the severity of your injury, you should keep certain things in mind:

  • You need names and details. Get the name of the dog that bit you, the owner's name/address/phone number, as well as the names of any witnesses and their contact information. Write down anything and everything you can remember about the attack right away before you have the chance to forget any important information.
  • Get pictures. Try to take photos of your injuries before you get them treated, but if you can't, any pictures are better than nothing. You want to be able to document the extent of the damage the dog did to your body.
  • Call your local Texas animal control officer. Give them any information you have, but especially the dog owner's name and where they might be able to find them. They will investigate the matter.
  • Once your injuries have been treated, call an experienced Austin dog bite attorney as soon as possible. Bring all of the evidence that you've collected, as that will certainly help build your case.

If you were bitten by a dog in Texas, call Austin attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.