Dogs are known as man’s best friends, but they also have a reputation
for causing painful injuries to people when they attack. Dogs of all sizes
– big and small – have the potential to cause serious harm
to children and adults. Below are some tips on how to prevent
dog bites and how to behave the next time you are around dogs.
Do’s and Don’ts Around Dogs
- Stay still if you are approached by a dog that you do not know.
- Ask for permission from the owner before petting a dog.
- Let the dog sniff your closed hand first before petting it
- Approach or pet an unfamiliar dog
- Jump around, scream, wave your arms excitedly, as this cause an adverse
reaction from the dog
- Run if a dog is chasing you
- Allow small children around dogs without supervision
- Disturb a dog that is sleeping or eating
Children Most At Risk for Dog Bites
Young children are the most vulnerable to dog bites because of their fragile
size and their tendency to be drawn to dogs. Even seemingly friendly and
small dogs can cause serious injuries to small kids. No matter what the
size or breed of a dog, always know that an animal can be a threat and
cause harm to children.
According to the CDC, children ages 5 to 9 have some of the highest rates of dog bite injuries
and are more likely to be bitten than kids of other age groups. Young
children are also more likely to be bitten in the face, which can lead
to life-long emotional trauma and disfigurement.
What To Do If You Are Bitten by a Dog
If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately.
Dog bite wounds can lead to infection and other serious injuries if left
Report the bite to your local animal care agency and talk to an attorney
about recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other
damages you may be able to recover. In many cases, the dog owner’s
homeowners’ insurance coverage may be able to cover injuries caused
by dog bites.
Our Savannah dog bite injury attorneys at Karsman, McKenzie & Hart
can evaluate your case at no cost and help you determine your available
sources of compensation. We have decades of experience helping injured
people just like you fight for damages.