You may not be worried about dog bites, because all the canines in your neighborhood are friendly. You may know the owners and be familiar with some of the dogs. Despite these circumstances, the risk of a bite is still very real, especially for small children.
Small children have a harder time reading cues from animals in order to know when a situation has become unsafe. They are also at the level of dogs’ mouths, making them more susceptible to bites, and more severe ones. While there are steps you can take to prevent an attack, it may still happen, and you must be prepared for what to do afterward.
Treat the bite
The top priority is the health of your child. Seek medical attention right away, even if the wound appears to be minor. You can do preliminary treatment yourself until the doctor is able to see your child. The highest risk is infection. Rabies is less of a risk with domesticated pets, but it is still wise to obtain and share relevant information on the dog, such as vaccination history.
Report the incident
Even if the dog’s owner is your friend, you should report the incident to the police. This will affect what happens if the dog bites someone else in the future. You may be conflicted about the consequences the owner and dog may face, but it is in the best interest of your child and other children.
File a personal injury lawsuit
A dog bite can have serious health ramifications for your child, which undoubtedly cost money. You cannot rely on having enough insurance to pay for the bills, especially as you cannot predict what they ultimately will be. It is better to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner, who is legally responsible to pay for damages. This will ensure you have enough to cover expected and unexpected expenses.