What Should I Do If A Dog Bites My Child?

After seeking medical attention for your child, try to obtain the following information about the dog:

  • Has the dog ever bitten anyone else before?
  • Does the dog have a history of aggression?
  • Are the dog’s shots up to date?
  • What is the dog owner’s name, physical address, phone number, and homeowner’s or renter’s insurance information?

Take pictures of your child’s injuries, the area where the attack took place, and the dog if possible.  Talk to witnesses and take down their contact information.
Report the bite, even if it is minor to local authorities so that there will be a record of the incident.
If you or a loved one is injured by an animal attack, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm in Roanoke, Virginia at 540-777-4900.