A woman in Clearcreek Township was recently found dead in her home. Her death was later determined to have been caused by the woman’s Great Danes. Law enforcement commented that the woman might have been so intoxicated that she did not realize how badly she had been bitten and refused to call for help.
When law enforcement reported to the scene of the accident, they found the walls of the home covered in blood and the woman lying on the floor of her bathroom. Closer inspection revealed that the woman was covered in puncture wounds and missing a piece of flesh from her ankle. The woman also was not breathing and her body was rigid.
Two Great Danes were located nearby on an enclosed deck that was covered in feces. Law enforcement later learned that one of the dogs was vicious and had previously bitten several individuals.
Since 2012, 10 people in Ohio have been killed by dogs that would have been prohibited under previous state laws. There has been an even larger number of people who have been injured in dog attacks. The following are some important things that you should do after being bitten or attacked by a dog.
Photograph the Injuries
It likely will not be the first thing on your list, but immediately after a dog attack, it is a good idea to photograph your injuries. This evidence helps to document the extent of your injuries and will be influential in making sure that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Obtain Details About the Dog’s Owner
If you were attacked by a dog, you likely already have contact information for the animal’s owner. If you do not know the dog personally, however, you should exchange contact information with the dog’s owner. Your attorney will need this information to help commence a lawsuit. While you are gathering contact information, it is also a good idea to record the contact information for any witnesses who saw the accident occur.
Get Medical Aid
Some wounds require immediate medical care, and you should promptly receive treatment even at the cost of not getting contact information. If a wound is less severe, you might find it easier to provide first aid care at home. The only time you should forgo medical treatment is if you know the animal’s owner and they provide evidence that the dog’s vaccinations are up to date.
Speak with Animal Control
Following a dog attack, you should contact animal control and report the attack. Obtaining a record of the attack helps to keep track of the specific dog that was involved in the incident.
Speak with an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog attacks and bites commonly involve many serious challenges, but a skilled lawyer can help. I have helped many people injured in dog attacks get the compensation they deserve. Contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation, and remember I’ll Make Them Pay!®.