Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of a Dog Mauling
We really don’t know, but there are things to be aware of to avoid putting children or yourself in harm’s way.
Knowing certain ways to possibly prevent access to dangerous dogs can possibly help you or your child avoid a dog attack. The Humane Society estimates approximately 800,000 dog bites which require medical attention every year. Dog bites rank second among diseases as the most costly health problem in the United States. 60% of those who are bitten are children, while 80% of the fatalities are children.
While we do not want to be overprotective, or instill fear in our children, we do have an obligation to avoid putting them in harm’s way. More and more often, people have their dogs with them in public places which previously never allowed dogs. Teach your children when they are young to have the proper respect for any animal, especially dogs. Someday they will be in a friend’s home, or somewhere without you, and knowing how to handle a possibly dangerous situation may keep them safe.
Here are some basic guidelines to review with your children about their behavior around man’s best friend:
1) NEVER disturb any dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
2) Before petting a dog, let him see and sniff you
3) Teach children to ask both your permission and the permission of the owner before petting any dog
4) If an owner does not have full control of their dog, move away slowly
5) If a dog does attack, give him something to distract him – a backpack, a sweatshirt, a bike, anything that you can get in between you and the dog
6) Never stare into the eyes of a dog
7) Do not run after a dog, or make loud noises
8) Do not turn your back on a dog
If you or your child have been the victim of a dog bite attack, you may need to consult with a dog bite lawyer. You may be entitled to recover damages for both current and future medical expenses, as well as any lost wages and for pain and suffering. Time may be important, so retaining a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible may make a difference in your dog attack lawsuit. Dog bites can be a difficult type of case. You will need the expertise of a qualified personal injury claim settlement attorney.
Contact the law offices of Jeffrey Dawson today for a confidential consultation. Jeff is an experienced Orange County dog bite law attorney who will assist you and advise you as to the best approach for your potential dog bite lawsuit.