What to do After a Dog Attack in Washington D.C.

Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend” for several reasons. Most of us love dogs, however, certain dog owners simply fail to adequately train their dogs. In other cases, dog owners simply have dogs that are vicious by nature, in which case, if they decide to keep those dogs, they should ensure they take all the necessary precautions to ensure that dog does not harm others. When they fail to do so, people can become seriously injured in dog attacks. If you are someone who has recently been attacked by a dog in Washington D.C., you must read on and reach out to our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I was bitten by a dog?

If you were bitten by a dog, the first thing you should do is call the police, who will file a report of the attack upon arrival. From here, you should always take pictures of the injuries you sustained, obtain the dog owner’s information, and ask anyone who saw the incident for their contact information so they may verify your claim at a later date. Finally, once you are treated at a hospital, ensure you retain the services of an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who knows how to satisfy the burden of proof and fight for the compensation you need to heal.

Can I sue a dog owner for an attack in Washington D.C.?

While the District of Columbia does not have a specific statute that addresses dog bite injuries, there is a very good chance that you can still sue a dog owner if you believe his/her dog wrongly attacked you. As long as you can prove that the dog owner in question failed to use reasonable care to control his or her dog, and this failure to take reasonable care caused you to sustain an injury and significant damages as a result, you should have a valid personal injury claim. That being said, if the dog owner can prove that you were trespassing on his/her property, or that you otherwise provoked the attack in some way, you may not be able to sue. No matter the circumstances of your injury, ensure you speak with a Washington D.C. personal injury attorney today to learn more about how we can help you recover your rightful compensation.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.