What to do After a Dog Bite or Animal Attack

Posted by the Charleston Dog Bite Lawyers at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC.  If you have been injured by a dog bite or other animal attack, you may have a claim against the pet owner.  Call our dog bite attorneys to discuss your possible claims free of charge.

The South Carolina Department of Health recommends the following first-aid procedures after a dog bite:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before tending to the dog bite wound. Wash hands afterwards, too.
  • If bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean, dry cloth until the bleeding stops. Keep the bite area raised up (elevated) to slow bleeding and keep swelling down.
  • Once bleeding stops, wash the wound thoroughly with mild soap and running water for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Cover the dog bite with antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage.
  • Call your health care provider or DHEC health Clinic and follow the advice they give you.
  • Over the next 24 to 48 hours, keep a close eye on the area surrounding the dog bite.
  • If you see signs of an infection — skin redness, swelling, or pain — call your healthcare provider or have the dog bite wound examined at an emergency medical center.
  • Your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics or give you a tetanus booster shot for the bite. 
  • Reporting: South Carolina dog bite law requires a treating physician to report a dog or other animal bite to the county health department by the end of the next working day.  If a doctor did not treat the dog bite, it is the responsibility of a bitten adult or parent of a bitten minor to report the dog bite. Our Charleston dog bite lawyers also recommend taking photographs of the bite for documentation purposes.

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Source: DHEC, Report Dog Bite and Animal Attacks