Though dogs may be man’s best friend, they can also be man’s worst nightmare. If you suffer injuries from a dog bite, you may be able to seek damages from the owner.

As with any case, there is a proper protocol for arguing such a case. To aid the process, there are a few steps you should take after the incident.

Seek medical attention

Depending on the severity of the incident, it may be necessary to call an ambulance or visit the emergency room. If the bite is not as severe, the injured party may choose to go to a primary physician. Either way, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately. This not only helps to support the case, it also aids in assuring physical health.

Report the incident

The victim can report the incident to the police or local animal control agency. This will help to continue the paper trail and further support the case. If the animal is loose, animal control will most likely be able to detain the dog so that it does not cause any further damage. If the victim knows the owner’s information, she or he should include that information in the report.

Gather information

A claimant will want to show the dog owner’s negligence. According to Florida statute 767.04, owners are liable for the actions of their dog when they do not properly protect individuals against attacks either in public or when the individually is lawfully on the owner’s private property. If the owner can prove the individual acted negligibly in any way, it may reduce the individual’s claim. Therefore, it is in the claimant’s best interest to show the negligence of the owner and that he or she did not provoke or cause the attack.

By following these steps, you can help to build a solid dog bite claim. You deserve compensation for your suffering, and having the right information and evidence is sure to assist you in obtaining the restitution you desire.