Dogs have always been a part of the American family. They can give us security, companionship and unconditional love. But when someone’s unleashed dog rages out of control, it can threaten the security of you and your family. Dog bites can be serious and their results permanent and disfiguring.If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog bite contact one of the attorneys at Villari, Brandes & Giannone now, since time may be of the essence in protecting your or your loved one’s legal rights. Click here for a free case evaluation.
According to the Humane Society of the United States:
- More than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States.
- Approximately 18 people die annually from dog attacks.
- Most dog bite victims are children.
- Every dog has the capability to bite.
Why do dogs bite?
Dogs bite for a number of reasons. They attack out of fear, to protect their territory or to establish dominance. Some dog owners mistakenly teach their dogs that biting is an acceptable form of play behavior. The good news is that dog bites can be prevented. The Humane Society suggests a few ways to avoid getting bitten by a dog.
What dog owners can do to help prevent dog bites:
- Spay or neuter your dog. Dogs who have not been spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite.
- Train and socialize your dog so it’s comfortable around different types of people and situations.
- Teach your dog appropriate behavior. Never play attack games with your dog. They need to understand the difference between play and real-life situations.
- If you don’t know how your dog will react to a new situation, be cautious.
- Be a responsible owner. License your dog as required by law and provide regular veterinary care, including rabies vaccinations.
- If your dog exhibits behavior such as growling, seek professional advice from your veterinarian, animal behaviorist or skilled dog trainer.
How can I avoid a dog bite?
- Never approach a dog you don’t know or who is alone without its owner, especially if the dog is confined behind a fence, within a car or on a chain.
- Don’t disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- Don’t pet a dog without letting him see and sniff you first.
- When approached by a dog you don’t know, don’t run or scream. Stand still with your hands at your sides and do not make direct eye contact with or speak to the dog.
- If knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears. Lie still and keep quiet until the dog goes away.
- If a dog attacks, decrease injury by “feeding” him your jacket, purse, bicycle or anything else that can serve as a barrier between you and the dog.
- Discuss these points with your children so they are familiar with them while playing outside or at a friend’s house, or while walking to and from school.
Ten things to do if you have been injured by a dog:
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Collect any initial medical records and bills relating to treatment of your injuries.
- Get the name, address and contact information of the dog owner.
- Get the name, address and contact information of any witnesses.
- Report your incident and injury to the police.
- Request a copy of the report.
- Take photographs of the dog if safe to do so.
- Take photographs of your injuries.
- Do not accept any settlement from or admit fault to the dog owner’s insurance company.
- Save any clothing damaged by the dog.
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