Many people in California have household pets, and an overwhelming favorite in many homes is a dog. In fact, more than half of all households in the U.S. have a pet, totaling over 80 million homes across the nation. Though most people could never imagine their beloved dog ever attacking or biting a person, such incidents can and do happen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have studied this common problem and concluded that some 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year.
People in California may have heard about a woman who recently filed a lawsuit against the United States House of Representatives after a dog in the office of California Representative Tom McClintock took a bite out of her hand. The woman was an invited guest in the Representative's office, who had come to speak about domestic violence issues. Unfortunately during her visit she suffered a violent encounter of her own at the hands of a free-roaming dog in McClintock's office.
Getting attacked by a dog can be an extremely traumatic experience, especially when the attack and the injuries are significant. After suffering such a frightening event, many people have difficulty keeping a clear head, but in order to fully document and address the situation, there are several basic steps a dog bite victim must take. The first step is obviously to get to a safe place and seek immediate medical attention, as an untreated dog bite can lead to infection, permanent scarring and other nasty consequences.