What Can You Do About A Bite From A Neighbor's Dog?

Posted on: 30 October 2017

Dogs have always been viewed as a man's best friend. But no matter how cute they are, there will always be some risk that they would bite someone who is not familiar to them. In cases you are bitten by a neighbor's dog or the dog of someone you work for, seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney.

If you are the one bitten, the very first thing that you should do is to wash the wound thoroughly with running water and soap. Monitor any changes in firmness of the skin or changes to the skin tone. If the injury doesn't stop bleeding with direct pressure, stitches might be needed. It makes sense to visit a doctor to help control infection and help the wound heal more quickly. When all the medical needs are met, you can now proceed to the legal phases of the situation. You can start informing local authorities regarding the incident. Afterwards, seek the legal advice of a personal injury attorney like those at the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC.

What Is a Personal Injury Attorney's Role?

A personal injury attorney is a lawyer who works on the cases of people who claim to have been injured, either physically or psychologically, by negligent people, a company, or any other groups. Their responsibilities cover both professional and ethical rules and codes of conduct. They are also referred to as the plaintiff's lawyer. They will be the one who mediates in cases where a civil lawsuit is filed.

On the Other Hand, What Should the Pet Owner Do?

For instance, if you are the owner of the dog that bit your neighbor, the first thing that you should do is to help the victim do the first aid. Also, there is a need for you to show the proof of rabies vaccination history of your dog. Your dog may be put into quarantine, and in cases that your dog is labeled as dangerous, the laws might require that the dog be euthanized--and you could be held legally responsible. It is also wise to coordinate with a dog bite attorney as you settle the issue with the victim; the other party will have one, so you're at a disadvantage if you don't seek out your own legal advice. 

The aggression of some dogs may be controlled through a series of behavior modification, training, and socialization. Practice makes perfect, and help from a professional can help reduce aggression and prevent the recurrence of a dog bite incident.