Bitten by a Dog? Here’s What You Need To Do

Were you or a loved one bitten by a dog? Here’s what you need to do: read this article, then contact our Stillwater attorneys to get started.

Choosing the Best Attorney

Bitten by a Dog? Here's What You Need To DoYou need to find an attorney who understands your situation and can get you to the medical care specialists you need. More likely than not you suffered facial wounds, and you need to find someone who can tell you how important plastic surgery is. You need to find an attorney who will handle the case, not turn it off to a young associate. Most of all, you need to find an attorney that you like, that you feel comfortable with, and that you think will be a champion for your cause.

Questions To Ask The Dog Owner

If you are bitten by a dog, even if it’s just a minor bit, but it breaks the flesh, you need to ask the dog owner, “Is your dog current on his vaccinations?” If they says yes, tell them, “Who is the veterinarian who did it, so I can check that.” You don’t want to take anyone’s word on this because if the dog bite goes too long undetected, and there weren’t really vaccines there, or they’ve expired, it could cause you a lot of serious health problems.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

The most common mistake people make when they’re bitten by a dog is that they don’t hire an attorney soon enough. Normally, dog bites are pretty serious. Always go to the doctor quickly. Most dog bites are going to give you back problem or knee problems; most of them are flesh wounds. They need to be stitched up. They need to be given antibiotics to make sure there’s no infection. Not hiring a lawyer is a mistake. They think they can settle it on their own. They don’t want to cause a problem. They might think maybe they provoked it because they didn’t ask the owner if they could pet their dog or whatever. Hire an attorney. Let him deal with the causation: why it happened, who is responsible.


Can anyone other than a dog owner be responsible for a dog bite case? That’s fact specific. Let’s say that you have a family friend who intentionally makes a dog mean, continually abuses the dog, continually provokes the dog, and then lets the dog out in an agitated state, and he comes and bites you. I believe that the family friend and the homeowner would both be responsible for any injuries caused by this dog, but it is case specific. That’s something you would have to hire an attorney to do an investigation for, and preserve the evidence to make that determination.

Were you or a loved one seriously bitten by a dog? Here’s what you need to do: contact a Stillwater dog bite attorney at Murray Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.

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