Bitten By A Pet Dog Around Your Friend's House?

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

Going over a friend’s house is completely normal. Getting ready to out for the night together, having some drinks before a party, or just to hang out is nothing out of the ordinary. You know they have a pet dog and you’ve been around a few times so it's reasonably familiar with you.

Growing up in Vietnam we had a cute little shitzu called Puddles, he was so aggressive to guests, he hated it when other would come near our family, it wasn't his fault he had a hard upbringing as we got him at a food market in Hanoi....we once had a visitor he bit and we were left with a crazy bill! He was vaccinated and everything and the scratch wasn't bad however everyones got different ways of dealing with it.

One day you are on the sofa, and the dog is standing near you. You reach out to pet the pooch and it suddenly bites your hand. To your horror it's a nasty bite that has punctured your skin and made a crunching noise. The dog didn’t seem to be acting normal and out of the blue just attacked you. What do you do now? Firstly you will need to take care of the injury and get away from the dog. After the operation or stitches, you’ll need to figure out what can be done about it. It's not something you and your friend can just forget about, especially when the medical bills are laid at your feet alone.

Think back carefully

Usually, dogs will give signs that they are not comfortable around you. If they perceive you as a threat they will make low-pitched growling noises that come from the throat. It may transpire into a growl and a bark. These are obvious signs that the dog is agitated in your presence and might see you as a threat. When this happens we don’t usually pet the dog because we know it could hurt us. So most of the time when a dog attack happens it occurs quickly and no prior signs are given. Think back to your incident and figure out whether or not you did something to anger the dog or did it show no signs of being aggressive?

Talk with the friend

It's going to be awkward but if you really are true friends then it won’t be like talking to a strange about the incident. Obviously you’re in a lot of pain and on top of that, you have medical bills to pay for your care. You might also have long-lasting damage to your hand, which will affect your ability to work. Talk to your friend to see if they can help with your bills or rather pay for all of them. You don’t want the dog to be put down so more than likely you haven’t reported it to the police or dog handlers. They should do you the courtesy of paying for your recovery as a thank you.

No dice?

When a friend doesn’t want to help you pay or says they can’t it's time to consider if you can be close with this person ever again. Physical injury is incredibly serious and not something that can be brushed under the carpet among friends. Speak to a dog bite lawyer that can help you get the funds needed to pay for your bills from your friend. They will build your case to the point that a battle in court is going to look unattractive to your once friend.

Being invited over to a friend’s house should never entail leaving it worse off than when you entered it. Dog bites are very painful and traumatic, so you should be receiving financial assistance from your friend to recover; there’s simply no excuse.

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