Preventing Dog Bites

An estimated 4.5 million persons in the United States are bitten by dogs each year. Of these, roughly 800,000 persons seek medical care for the bite. Almost half of those seeking medical care are children under the age of 12. Children are often bitten on the face, and any bite can cause severe injury or infection. Children’s small size may cause a dog to act in a dominant way toward a child. Many children’s lack of judgment and ignorance about how to behave around a dog and their inability to fend off an attack can add to the risk. It is very important that parents closely supervise children when around dogs. You can reduce the chances of children in your care being bitten or injured by a dog if you teach them some basic safety tips.

Helpful Information

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog
  • Never run from a dog and scream
  • Stay still when an unfamiliar dog comes up to you (“be still like a tree”)
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (“be like a log”)
  • Do not look a dog in the eye
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
  • Do not pet a dog without letting it see and sniff you first
  • Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult
  • Never leave an infant or child alone with any dog
  • Teach your dog submissive behaviors, like rolling over to show its stomach
  • Do not play aggressive games with your dog, such as wrestling
  • Seek medical care for any serious dog bite and report all dog attacks
  • Support animal-control programs in your community and the enforcement of local laws regulating dangerous or vicious dogs
  • Support dog bite prevention educational programs in schools
  • Get the advice of a veterinarian about the right breed of dog if you are thinking about getting a family dog
  • Spay or neuter your dog, this often reduces its aggressive tendencies
  • Be sure all pets are properly immunized
  • Seek a veterinarian’s advice quickly if your dog becomes aggressive

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The Conclusion

The attorneys at the Eshelman Legal Group understand that no matter how cautious you are, others may not be so careful, and accidents do happen. So we hope you don’t need to, but if you are in a situation where you need the advice of an personal injury attorney, the Eshelman Legal Group is here to help you. For over 40 years we have been assisting accident victims, and we are here to assist you too... because “We’ll make things right.”

Ask yourself this question… who does the adjuster work for? The adjuster works for the insurance company, they do not work for you.

In all matters involving personal injury it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the Statute of Limitations. If you or a loved one is a victim of personal injuries, call Eshelman Legal Group LLC, now at 1-800-365-0001. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. The above is not legal advice. That can only come from a qualified attorney who is familiar with all the facts and circumstances of a particular, specific case and the relevant law. See Terms of Use.

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