Dog Bites

What To Do If A Dog Bites You?

Dogs are the most beautiful and loving animals currently existent on the planet. Dogs, or most commonly known as man’s best friend, are the perfect pets. There is a significant reason behind this enormous affection toward dogs. Dogs have a tendency to understand human emotions. Moreover, by understanding human emotions, dogs can react accordingly.

Dogs’ lovingness aside, in some cases, dogs can be violent too. Imagine this; you go out for a walk in a nearby park. You are casually walking, and you see a cute dog playing with its owner. As a human with a soft spot for dogs in your heart, you go over to play with it for a bit. You go over to pet the dog, but suddenly, the dog got all vicious and tries to attack. As dogs deeply love their owners, their will to protect the owner spikes when they sense a stranger approaching. Even in the owner’s presence, the dog somehow manages to break the leash and attacks you.

Your nice walk bites the dust, and now, you are stuck with hospital bills. So what to do if you ever encounter such a situation? Claiming against the owner is secondary, as the primary thing to do is take care of the wound.

First Thing’s First.

Reach out to a medical professional right away. A dog’s front teeth can quickly grab and compress your tissues, whereas their smaller or back teeth can tear through your skin. As a result, you have a jagged-open wound. If the wound contracts an infection, you will need intravenous antibiotics as an infected dog bite wound is not to be taken lightly.

It is recommended to get medical attention within eight hours of the dog bite, so be sure to quickly reach out to a medical professional no matter what, as waiting any longer increases infection risk.

If you feel like reaching a nearby medical professional will take time, take the following seven steps to ensure your safety.

  1. Gently wash the wound.

Wash the wound using a mild soap, and be sure to run warm water over it for a few minutes. Five to ten, to be precise.

  1. Control the bleeding.

This is essential, as you do not want to lose blood unnecessarily. Cover the wound with a clean cloth and keep pressing on it gently.

  1. Use Over-the-counter Antibiotic Cream.

This may be tough, but if you have it or it is within your reach, be sure to apply it. The healing properties of such cream can lower the infection risk.

  1. Cover The Wound.

Use a sterile bandage but only do it after following the previous steps.

  1. Visit A Doctor.

Keep the wound covered and see a doctor right away because, as mentioned above, waiting unnecessarily can increase the infection risk.

  1. Frequently Change The Bandage.

Once the doctor has examined the wound and asked you to rest at home, it is up to you to change the bandages. By doing so, you ensure that the wound is clean and it will be at low risk of contracting an infection.

  1. Keep An Eye Out For Infections.

Even after doing all the previous steps, the risk of contracting an infection is minimal but still existent. Signs of infection include swelling, redness, high fever, and increased pain.

Make a Claim.

If you are still reading, you may be wondering what are no win no fee Glasgow solicitors doing talking about dogs and how to prevent infections? It is pretty simple actually. We always have our clients’ and potential clients’ interests at heart. A study suggests that 27% of the general population have dogs as their pets, and as solicitors are humans too, we also have a fonding for dogs.

If the dog owner’s negligence or incompetence has caused you suffering, then you are entitled to make a claim. You can make an insurance claim with the company providing insurance to the dog’s owner to offer compensation. The owner is legally obligated to pay a compensation fund for all your troubles. Or, you can make personal injury claims in Glasgow to obtain the deserving compensation for your losses.

Conclusive thoughts.

There are several reasons why you should hire a personal injury solicitor in Glasgow for a dog bite. If you want to learn more about the reasons, read our other blogs. Please note that a study suggests that only 1 percent of victims are compensated for their losses but not to worry, as the solicitors at Wallace Legal work on a no-win, no fee basis. In essence, you wouldn’t have to worry about losing more money if your claim doesn’t make the cut. If you require any further information, please approach us via phone or email. All of our credentials are available on our website.