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Dealing with issues associated with dog bites

On Behalf of | May 26, 2021 | Dog Bites

Personal injuries cause harm to hundreds of people every day. Dog bites fall into a special category as they result in unique injuries and require a tailored response.

They also raise the question of liability issues in many circumstances.

Best medical practices for dealing with a dog bite

The Cleveland Clinic stresses that the risk of infection remains high after a dog bites a person. In many cases, the victim will need medical attention within eight hours of the bite. A dog bite often produces a jagged wound which can result in a severe infection. The victim can help the situation by taking these actions:

  • Wash the wound
  • Stop the bleeding
  • Apply OTC antibiotic cream
  • Put on a sterile dressing
  • See a medical professional

The doctor could recommend a tetanus shot, particularly if the wound appears dirty or comes from a wild dog. For those with diabetes or other conditions, the risk of infection becomes greater.

Additional measures for handling dog bites

After medical attention, the victim of a dog bite can take other appropriate actions. One valuable step is to obtain the dog’s vaccination history, if possible, to determine the date of a rabies vaccination. If the dog could carry rabies, the victim might need to receive a rabies vaccine.

Finally, victims of dog bites should report the incident to the authorities. This can alert animal control officials to the presence of a dangerous animal. A report on file could also support a personal injury case. In New Jersey, the dog’s owner bears responsibility for the animal’s actions. This is true in most cases, though some exceptions exist.