When you go to the local dog park, you know that you're going to encounter numerous unleashed dogs. However, you don't expect to encounter a dangerous dog. If your last encounter resulted in a dog bite, don't assume that you don't have a cause of action, or the right to sue. Just because you were at the dog park, doesn't mean you gave up your right to be protected against violent dogs. If you've been bitten by a dog while at a local dog park, here are some steps you should take right away.
Seek Medical Care
If you've been bitten by a dog, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible—even if the bite seems superficial. Rabies, and other infectious diseases, can be transferred through superficial wounds and even scratches. This is because dogs lick their paws, which transfers the infected saliva to the paws. If the wound is minor, wash it with warm water and an antibacterial soap, and then seek medical care. If the wound is bleeding, cover the area with clean gauze and apply pressure until you can get to the emergency room.
File a Report
Once you've received medical care for the bite, you need to file a report. Filing a report will put the park on notice that you suffered a bite in the community dog park. It will also allow you to determine if there have been other complaints of dog bites at the same location. When you file your complaint with the animal control department, you'll need to take a copy of the complaint to the city manager's office. This will put them on notice that you've suffered any injury on city property.
Talk to an Attorney
If you're not receiving the assistance you need from animal control, or city officials, you need to sit down with an attorney. If the city was aware of previous dog bites, or they have not been enforcing their own rules and regulations regarding their dog parks, an attorney can help you receive compensation for your injuries. When you sit down with your attorney, be sure to bring your medical records, as well as any documentation you have from the city, such as a copy of the complaint you filed, etc.
If your recent trip to the local dog park resulted in a bite, you need to act quickly. Use the information provided here to help you get the care and compensation you deserve. For other questions and concerns regarding your injuries, be sure to speak to a personal injury attorney.