My child was bitten by a dog. What should I do to protect him now?

Your child is in pain and you are both scared. Your instinct is to protect your child, but how can you do that if your child has already been hurt?

How To Help Your Child After a Dog Bite

There is a lot that you can do to protect your child’s future even after a dog bite or animal attack has already occurred. Specifically, you can:

  • Get names and contact information for the dog's owner. In many situations, you may already know the dog and its owner. However, if an unfamiliar dog was responsible for the attack, it may take a little more detective work on your part to get names and contact information for the responsible party. The dog’s license or eyewitnesses to the attack may provide you with the information you need.
  • Seek medical attention right away. Don't stress out about whether or not your health insurance is going to cover this. While seeking medical attention, be sure to document as much as you can: take pictures of your injuries, write down as much as you can about the medical treatment required and the names of the doctors you saw, and save every single medical bill you receive. Additionally, talk to your child’s doctors about future medical treatment that may benefit your child.
  • Call the police. Once your child’s wounds have been taken care of and your child is no longer in any danger, contact the local police to file a report. Having an official record of the attack filed with law enforcement may help your case if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim. It can, for example, answer questions about whether the dog has tags and it can verify ownership.
  • Contact an attorney. If your child’s dog bite or attack injury happened around the Fort Worth area, contact personal injury attorney Tom Hall for a free consultation. He will be able to review the details of your case and help you figure out whether or not you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.

You are your child’s best ally and you may be able to help your child get the compensation he needs to make the best possible medical recovery. For more information, please start a live chat with us today.