If a dog bites you, you should seek medical attention immediately. By delaying medical attention, you risk getting an infection—or even contracting rabies.
You should also:
- Take pictures of your injury
- Keep records of your daily pain levels
- Take your medications and attend your follow-up appointments
You should also consider how an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from our firm could help you recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income. Your time to file a lawsuit is limited under IC §34-11-2-4, so you should consider your options sooner rather than later.
Seek Medical Attention After a Dog Bites You
While it may not seem obvious immediately after the injury, dog bites can result in torn ligaments, infections, and nerve damage. By seeking medical attention, you can take the first step in getting the treatment you need.
To diagnose your condition, your doctor may:
- Take x-rays
- Perform blood work to see if you have an infection
- Stitch the wound closed
- Examine your medical history
- Administer pain medications and antibiotics
Your doctor can also provide written testimony that you were injured and that your condition warranted medical attention. This information could help you recover compensation if you decide to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
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Take Photos of Your Injuries
If you decide to pursue compensation from the liable party, they may request evidence of your impairment. By taking photographs throughout your recovery period, you can assert that you were injured by the dog that bit you.
If possible, you should also take pictures of where you were injured and the dog itself. This information could be used to support various aspects of your testimony.
You Should Document Your Pain Levels in a Journal
In addition to your doctor’s testimony, documenting your own version of events could ultimately help your legal interests. By keeping a “pain journal,” you can record details about your injuries that you may forget later on.
You should write down:
- Your daily pain levels
- The circumstances of the event that hurt you
- A description of the dog itself
- What medications you needed to take
- The dates of your doctors’ appointments
- Whether you needed to miss time from work
A lawyer from our firm can use this piece of evidence to supplement your dog bite injury case.
Follow Through With Your Necessary Medical Care
After being bitten by a dog, some people do not seek medical attention—or if they do, they discontinue their medications and fail to follow up on their scheduled appointments.
Of course, if you experience negative side effects from a prescribed medication, you should stop taking it and talk to your doctor. Otherwise, however, by discontinuing treatment, you risk making your condition worse.
You also risk:
- Giving the other party the chance to contest certain aspects of your case
- Developing an infection that could lead to life-threatening conditions
- Increasing the cost of your necessary medical expenses
Your doctor can provide you with more insight into what could happen if you stop following through with your prescribed treatment plan.
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You Should Consider Your Legal Options After Getting Hurt
You may be able to recover compensation for a host of injury-related losses after being bitten by a dog. In these types of cases, a claimant’s legal options are typically one of two things: they can file an insurance claim, or they can file a lawsuit.
We can help you with both of these processes. After assessing the facts of your case, we can determine a plan that is best suited to help you seek compensation.
We can also:
- Determine who is liable for your losses
- Evaluate the cost of your injury-related expenses
- Explain your legal options
- Keep you updated on your case
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurer
- File your claim or lawsuit
We can also address any complications that could affect your financial recovery prospects.
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Can Fight for You After Getting Hurt
When you call our Indianapolis law firm today, we can explain what to do after a dog bites you. Remember: seeking medical attention, taking pictures of your injury, keeping a pain journal, and following your treatment plan could help you.
By contacting our firm, you can take the first step toward securing compensation for your damages. Your healthcare expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering are all potentially compensable. You could also secure our services at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Our founder, Randall Sevenish, has been helping people since 1985. Let us get to work to help you recover your losses after a dog bite injury. To begin, dial (317) 636-7777.