Q: What should I do if I get bitten by a dog?
A: It can be a traumatic situation and the first thing you should do is to take yourself out of harms way. If you are able you should then take the following steps:-
- If the dog is with its owner get their name and address. This information will be required if you wish to make a compensation claim for your injury.
- Report the attack to the police. The animal may pose a danger to other members of the public and may even have been involved in incidents prior to your attack.
- If the dog is a stray take note of its description for the police and dog warden.
- Visit your GP or your local A & E department. Even a relatively minor wound will be liable to infection and will need appropriate treatment. You may also require a tetanus injection.
- Contact Macks Solicitors for advice on making a claim for compensation for your injury. Our specialist lawyers have experience of claims involving dog attacks and will be happy to advise you. Complete the online claim form or call Freephone 0800 980 9387.
Q: Do I have to report the dog bite to the police?
A: You should always report a dog bite or dog attack to the police. They can then take steps to ensure that the dog is kept under control in the future which should prevent the dog from attacking anyone else.