Attacks by dogs kept as pets are a common problem across the US. Every year about four million Americans seek medical treatment after being bitten by dogs. If you or someone you know is bitten by an agitated or poorly trained dog, it is important to know how to respond.
Sadly, many people who have suffered dog attacks did nothing to provoke them. In cases like this, the dogs’ owners are liable for any medical bills, lost work, or other losses the victim experiences. To discuss the strength of your legal claim, call the Des Moines dog bite lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
First Aid for Dog Bites
Once the victim of a dog bite is separated from the animal, you can begin administering first aid. If the wounds appear deep or the victim is showing signs of shock (cold skin, shallow breathing, disorientation, etc) call 911 immediately. The basic steps for first aid are:
- Control the bleeding by applying pressure and, if possible, elevating the wound.
- Clean the injured area with soap and warm water.
- If the injury is not severe, apply an antibiotic, bandage it, and monitor for an infection until it heals.
- Even for a minor bite, call a medical professional to determine if further care is needed.
- If the dog’s owner cannot prove it has been vaccinated for rabies, seek medical care right away.
Dog attacks can have lasting effects on their victims, including scars, chronic disability, and psychological harm. After the injuries have been treated, you may want to speak with a Des Moines dog bite attorney about legal compensation.
The Des Moines dog bite injury lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have years of experience protecting the legal rights of injured parties. To begin building your case, contact us today at (515) 705-0233.