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The steps you should take after a dog bite

Dogs sometimes behave unpredictably, leading to the potential for bite risks. Kentucky is a strict liability state for dog bites, which means the state holds the dog’s owner liable for the bite even without proof of negligence.

Understand the steps you should take after a bite to protect the integrity of your case.

Document everything

The more documentation you have of the incident, the better your chances of a successful claim. Gather the owner’s name, the dog’s information and any pictures you can from the scene. If you have any witnesses, get their contact information as well.

Call the police

Call the police after the incident so they can file a formal report. This step also helps to identify the vaccination status of the dog, which matters for your medical care.

Seek medical attention

Medical attention is important after a dog bite. Not only do you need documentation of the injury, but you face infection risks from the bite without proper treatment. If the police determine that there is a rabies risk, you may need a series of shots for rabies prevention as well.

Consider calling an attorney

After the emergent care and reports, you might want to reach out to an attorney who can help you with your claim. Having an attorney to represent you before you call the insurance company can ease your stress and uncertainty.

Proactive response is important following a dog bite, especially when you suffer a significant injury. Documentation from the police and medical professionals supports your claim and helps you get the settlement you deserve.

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