What to Do If Your Dog Bites Someone
A dog bite is something most owners fear the most, and in our last post, we covered how to prevent one. However, while your dog might be calm and well-behaved, there’s no way to determine how they will react in a variety of circumstances. If you were being attacked, or if your dog was threatened, he might lash out at another dog or person. While it’s a stressful situation, knowing what to do immediately after a bite can prevent lawsuits and further injury. Read on to manage the situation gracefully and protect your pet with a Canine Liability Insurance policy.
At the scene.
First and foremost, do not admit fault. Instead, ensure the victim is all right and be polite. They might be upset or angry, but do your best to keep your dog at bay and control the situation. Remain as calm as possible while notifying the police and do your best to keep lawyers and threats out of the equation.
Seek medical attention if needed and offer to pay for the medical bills. Your insurance will cover these costs, but be as honest and friendly as possible in the situation. Lastly, swap contact information.
We know you’ll want to protect yourself and your dog, but lying is never a good solution. Many dog owners give false information or make untruthful statements about the dog’s history of biting, which can end up hurting you and your dog. Because this incident can lead to criminal charges, you should avoid discussing the following things, explains Canine Journal:
- Who owns the dog
- What happened
- Where it happened
- Other things involving the incident
Settle the incident.
Depending on the bite and injury, you could end up in a variety of courts. In most states, you will be held liable for your dog’s actions, which means you could end up paying some fines on his or her behalf. If your dog has a history of biting, you might be visited by Animal Control. However, don’t fret! You know your dog’s behavior, and you and others who know your dog can make a case for them.
Get records and contact insurance.
The purpose of having a Canine Liability Insurance policy is to protect you and your best friend. Should anything happen, contact your insurance company immediately – the sooner the better! Next, be sure to locate medical records to give peace of mind to the victim that your dog is up to date on shots.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.