While it is always a good idea to have a medical professional at least take a look at any dog bite wound, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention for your child if:
- The dog is unfamiliar and/or the owner cannot be found.
- You have trouble stopping the bleeding.
- The bite was sustained on your child’s head, neck, or face.
- The bite wounds are very deep.
- You notice signs of infection in the area of the bite, such as redness, swelling, warmth, or pus.
Beyond Immediate Medical Concerns after an Orange County Dog Bite
Seeking emergency treatment for your child’s dog bite wound is certainly any parent’s first priority—but what if the bite doesn’t look that bad? Many parents don’t realize that how important medical documentation and evidence of the injuries can be if they eventually decide to pursue a personal injury claim—or how quickly a seemingly simple bite can become medically complicated or disfiguring.
Unfortunately, after coming to realize the full extent of their child’s long-term medical needs related to the bite, some parents are left with little evidence and few options for recovering their medical expenses. While you don’t have to make a decision immediately, taking your child to the doctor to have the injury checked out and documented—even if it appears minor—can protect your rights later.
If your child was bitten by a dog in Orange County, an Orange County dog bite lawyer can meet with you for free to discuss your rights and options in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit settlement to cover your medical bills and more. Please give us a call today at 1-(949) 851-0222 to learn more.