Every year, over 4 million dog bites occur in the US. Almost 20% of all bites become infected and may cause serious damage. This article aims to give some advice on how to avoid being bitten and what to do in the unfortunate circumstance that a bite occurs. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, contact a Folsom accident attorney for advice or your legal actions.
Though people may think of dog bites happening in an unfamiliar outdoor location with an unleashed an unknown dog, more than half of dog bites occur at home with familiar pets. The likelihood of incurring a dog bite increases with the number of dogs in a home. When a home has two or more dogs, adults are five times more likely to be bitten than individuals without any dogs.
Anyone has the potential of being a dog bite victim. However, children and men are more likely to incur a dog bite. Children do not know how to act around dogs and don’t have the interpretive skills to understand when a dog is not exhibiting friendly behavior. Children are especially likely to be bitten between the ages of 5 to 9 and worse, are less likely to receive medical attention for a bite than adults, increasing their risk of infection. If your child has been bitten by a dog, it’s crucial you seek medical attention immediately and then call a Folsom accident attorney.
Even a well trained dog that spends its days curled up on the couch with its owner has the potential to bite an unsuspecting individual. Dogs typically attack because they feel threatened, so be sure to avoid any behavior that may frighten a dog, especially if the animal seems timid or nervous.
The following list is a good guide in how to interact with dogs:
When approached by an unfamiliar dog with whom you do not wish to interact, use the following tactics:
Even if you do all of the steps above, dogs can still attack you. If that’s the case, reach out to a Folsom accident attorney to seek compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced.
Dogs have many different types of bacteria in their mouths that may cause serious infections. Dogs may also have rabies, which can be deadly. When bitten, follow these steps:
Dogs have always been a “man’s best friend” but unfortunately, can be extremely dangerous for a variety of reasons. Their breed, natural tendencies and environments are only some factors affecting why a dog would attack or not. Regardless, it’s important to take the best steps you can to prevent a dog attack and contact a law firm who can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
At The Weinberger Law Firm, our lawyers speak the language of court and insurance companies. We understand what it takes to successfully bring a claim to settlement and get victims the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured because of a dog attack, give us a call at (916) 357-6767 to speak to a Folsom accident attorney today.