If you have been bitten by a dog, you are probably going to be shaken up and you may be unsure of what to do next. It is important, however, to make sure you take steps following your dog bite to preserve a possible claim against the owned or keeper of the dog who bit you.
As soon as you can after your dog bite, you will want to:
- Get the name, phone and address of the dog owner or keeper of the dog.
- Make sure the animal control people are notified. The dog that bit you could have rabies or some other disease and should be quarantined to determine if it has any disease in its system.
- Find out who saw the dog bite, get names, addresses and phone numbers of these witnesses.
- Find out what kind of dog bit you and its breed.
- Take photographs of your wound as soon as you can and take periodic photographs as your wound heals to show the progression.
- Take photographs of where the dog bite took place. For example, if the dog jumped the fence or dug a hole to get out, make sure you take a picture of where the dog escaped.
- If the dog bit through your clothing, preserve the clothing, including any blood soaked clothing that you may have worn at the time of the dog bite.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah dog bite attorney.