a dog's bite has broken human skin it is best, in our opinion, to report it to the Animal
Control Facility in your area. See our dog bite links page for
referrals to Oregon and Washington state animal control facilities.
If the dog is loose they will probably require
the owner to pen the dog for several days to make sure they don't have
any diseases like rabies. This is the quarantine process. It is important
to do this after a dog bite in order to protect other people who may get bitten
by a dog so the authorities can determine if the dog is dangerous and
a continuing threat. It is also important to do this to protect the
health of the person who was bitten.
It is especially important to report the dog attack if there was a
serious dog bite injury.
This dog bite report will be evidence for the insurance company, and if need
be, a jury. The evidence will help you get all the money
you deserve for a dog attack claim.
Another way to document the wound is with photos. Be sure to take
good pictures of the wound right away and as the wound heals and finally
if there is scarring left. A trip to the doctor is also advised in order
to get good evidence of the dog bite. An attorney can help you get
good photos of the wound if you are unable to do so yourself.
Liability is often more of an issue in dog attack cases than in car accident cases. Be sure to get the name and
address of the owner of the dog as well as the breed of dog. Also get
the name, address and phone number of any witnesses of the event, as
well as the information on anyone saying they have seen the dog biting
If you or your child has been bitten by a
dog, don't talk to anyone until you contact
Todd Peterson now.