A great number of Americans have a dog for a pet. It seems that every family has one these days. In fact, nearly forty percent of American homes own at least one dog.

Dogs become more than pets to many families—they are more like another family member. And, for the most part, dogs make great gentle and well-behaved pets

Unfortunately, there are some dogs that just don’t fit in with other people—and other dogs. These are the dogs that will snap and bite innocent people. Sadly enough, many times these behavior problems are due to the way the dog is treated by its owner.

A dog attack in Illinois can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injuries. A dog bite should never be taken lightly and needs to be cared for in the proper manner. To treat a dog bite in Gurnee or Illinois, you should:

  1. Assess the situation. Before any individual attempts to treat the wound on their own, they need to determine the severity of the bite. If the bite is severe, 911 should be called right away. Let skilled medical responders treat the wounds.
  2. Stop the bleeding. Dogs’ teeth are sharp, and their jaws are strong. This combination can be dangerous. If a wound is bleeding, place a clean towel over the wound, elevate it, and apply slight pressure.
  3. Clean the wound. To prevent bacteria from causing infection, the wound should be cleaned. An easy way to clean a dog bite wound is to simply thoroughly wash it with soap and water.
  4. Sterilize. To aid in the prevention of infections, the wound should be sterilized after cleaning. To do this, apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a sterile bandage. Reapply the ointment and cover with a new bandage regularly.

The responsible party for the dog bite should always be held accountable. To take seek the compensation you deserve, contact an Illinois dog bite lawyer at the law office of Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free case evaluation from our Gurnee office and to order a copy of our dog bite brochure for Illinois personal injury clients.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.