Yes, Friendly Fido is supposedly our best friend, but dogs do bite, nonetheless. Since dogs are animals, no matter how well trained or beloved, they can not always be completely trusted to act as they should. Over four and a half million people are bitten by a dog in America each year. That is an extraordinary number, but what is even worse is that half of them are children between the ages of 5 and 9. Twenty percent of those bites results in an injury which necessitates some form of medical attention. The Centers for Disease Control recognizes that children are much more likely than adults to become dog bite victims.
Although you might think that strange dogs or strays are the most dangerous, it is actually not so. In fact, most dog bite victims are bitten not by an unknown animal, but rather they are bitten by a dog they do indeed know. It’s most often the family pet, a neighbor’s dog, or a relative’s who becomes an aggressive dog and bites.
Knowing a few tips can be helpful in preventing dog bites:
* When adding a pet to the family, do some research and pick the one that has a reputation for being a good family pet
* Don’t go near strange dogs
* Never, under any circumstances, leave a young child alone with a dog — any dog, even the beloved family pet
* Never play with any dog that is eating
* Approach any dog in a calm, slow manner. Quick movements can startle and cause an overreaction on the animal’s part
* Give the dog the chance to come to you
* In the presence of an aggressive dog, don’t make eye contact with the dog, just stay calm and move slowly.
If you have been bitten by Friendly Fido or a strange and aggressive dog, you may need the services of a personal injury lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your case. Dog bite victims often are entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering and lost wages due to the injuries received in the attack. If you have been bitten by a dog, first receive medical attention, and then make a call to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you determine if you may have a case.