Injury Lawyer Discusses Dog Bites
Dog bites are more common that most people realize. Unfortunately, even family pets can bite and cause serious injury, or even death. In fact, 31 deaths were caused by dog attacks in 2013.
Kids are the most at risk because they are shorter and therefore, often face to face with a dog. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, injuries that occur to children ages 4 and under are most likely to be to the head and neck. Between 2010 and 2012, over 350,000 children ages 14 and under were bitten by a dog.
Injury lawyer, Frekhtman & Associates, realize that dog bites on children and adults can result in serious physical and emotional damage. One-fifth of dog bites require medical attention. Many results in the need for surgery.
Often, the dog has exhibited aggressive behavior in the past. They have lunged at people or barred their teeth. A pet owner that is aware of their dog’s previous aggressive behavior is liable for any dog bite or attack that occurs.
Unfortunately, pet owners don’t always take the proper steps to prevent their dogs from biting. Here are some tips to protect yourself when you are around dogs. Don’t attempt to pet a dog you don’t know. Teach your children not to pet strange dogs either. If they see a dog they would like to pet, they should ask permission from the owner of the dog first. Realize that even pets that seem nice can become fierce if they feel threatened. Therefore, it is best not to antagonize a dog. If a dog has started to show aggressive behavior, such as growling or showing teeth, it is best to stay away from the dog. They are warning you that they may become violent.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid a dog bite even if you take the preventative steps described above. Contact us if you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog so we can help you prove liability and attain the settlement you need to recover.