What to Do After a Dog Bite & Dog Bites and Children

What to Do After a Dog Bite

If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to follow these steps:

  1. Identify the Dog
    Immediately following a dog bite, it is extremely important to identify the animal that bit you. If it is a stray and you cannot identify it, you may have to undergo a series of painful treatments for rabies.
  2. Seek Medical Treatment
    After identifying the dog, it is extremely important to receive medical treatment. If the dog bite results in a wound on your face, it is strongly advisable to request to be treated by a plastic surgeon in the emergency room as they are the most skilled doctors in healing wounds with minimal scarring.
  3. Contact our Dog Bite Lawyers
    Our dog bite lawyers will inform you of your rights and help you receive just compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, please contact our dog bite lawyers for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700.

Dog Bites and Children

Most victims of dog bites who require medical attention are children. Usually, more than half of all dog attacks occur in the child’s home or in a familiar place. Unfortunately, most children receive dog bites on their faces. However, in severe cases, these dog bites can be fatal.


In order to prevent your child from being bitten by a dog, he or she must be taught some simple safety tips. The safety tips include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Do not go near an unfamiliar dog.
  • Never run away from a dog.
  • If you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, stand your ground.
  • If a dog knocks you over, curl into a ball with your arms protecting your face and head.
  • Avoid looking a dog directly in the eyes.
  • Do not bother a dog that is eating, sleeping, or has puppies.
  • Always let a dog see and sniff you before petting it.

When choosing a dog as a family pet, the following tips should be adhered to:

  • Consult with a veterinarian or breeder to figure out which dog breeds would best fit your family.
  • Do not adopt a dog who has a history of aggressive behavior.
  • Be sure to spend time around a dog before adopting or buying.

Once you bring the new dog home, be sure to:

  • Spay or neuter your dog, as this can reduce aggressive behavior.
  • Never leave your child alone with a dog.
  • Make sure to train and socialize your dog.
  • Seek advice from a veterinarian or breeder immediately if the dog develops aggressive behaviors.

Learn More

If your child endured any harm from animal violence, please click here for more information about claims involving minors.

If you would like to learn more about the litigation process and the complexities involved, click here.

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