What To Do If Your Child is Attacked by a Dog

Dog bites are a leading cause of injury to children, with more than 50% of bites occurring to children under the age of 12 years. Dog bites are the #1 reason for emergency room visits for child activity, surpassing all other injuries, including fractures and burns.

If your child is bitten by a dog, it’s vital to understand what to do, putting the child’s health first and then following up to mitigate the pain and suffering that is likely to follow.

Know what to do if your child is attacked by a dog.

Call 911 first!
As a parent or caregiver, you have a duty to do everything you can to lessen your child’s damages. Even injuries that don’t appear serious can later lead to complications like infection, rabies, or other diseases.

Get the name of the dog’s owner and their insurance company.
Most dog attacks occur in the child’s neighborhood. Locate the dog’s owner as soon as reasonably possible. Let them know what happened to your child and explain that it was necessary for you to take your child to the emergency room. Get their name, address, and the name and policy number of their homeowner’s insurance company.

Contact animal control.
Establishing the facts of the attack are important, and one of the best ways to do this is to make a report to your local animal control department. They may also take steps to quarantine the dog to protect the public.

Gather and save evidence.
Take pictures of the scene where the attack happened. If there are holes in the dog owner’s fence or the dog’s kennel, document this with photographs. Also take photos of your child’s bloodied and torn clothing. Do not wash the clothing. Photograph it and put it in a sealed bag to be used as evidence later. Also get signed statements as soon as possible from witnesses who saw the attack. Write down their name and phone number on any paper you can find so you can locate them for a statement after your child’s injuries are addressed.

An attack by a dog is a traumatic for your child and for you. Permanent scarring, both physical and emotional, can result. At Skaug Law, our friendly personal injury attorneys are here to help you navigate the medical and legal complications that follow after a devastating injury. Contact us today!