Dogs can be a person’s best friend, but they can also cause grave injuries and even death to people. Millions of children and adults fall victims to a dog attack every year. Seeking an attorney if injuries have been made by a dog bite is the best option for the victim. The attorney who specializes with dog bites will be able to assist the victim in understanding their rights.
The litigators at Percy Martinez Law firm will provide the victim with answers, guidance, and the direction that needs to be taken. Do contact them at (305)529-0001.
This may be a very confusing and scary moment for the victim or family of the victim. There may have been life-threatening injuries or a fatality, and the person does not know what the future will hold. The litigators at Percy Martinez Law firm have seen and had countless encounters with victims of dog bites. They have educated those on dog bites and given them a path of what to do after they have experienced a bite. Call them with all concerns about the matter, they are there to conduct the victims on the right way.
Safety of a Child
Children tend to innocently fall victim of a dog bite because they either approach the dog in a way that the dog believes is threatening, or carelessly to something to aggravate the dog. Parents need to educate their children of what not to do around dogs, and to be more careful around them.
Children should avoid doing the following:
- Getting near or touching the food bowl when the dog is eating
- Pulling their tail, ears, or other parts of the dog’s body
- Trying to approach or hug the dog from the rear
- Kissing the dog in the face; or
- Staring straight in the dog’s eyes
If a child sees and dog and wants to touch it, permission to do so must first be obtained by the owner, if no owner is present, the child needs to steer away from the dog and not try to touch it. The best way for anyone to approach an unfamiliar dog is to extend their hand so that the dog is able to smell their scent.
Dogs are animals, and there is no control on how their instincts will react, but children can be equipped with the knowledge and power of what should be done in a situation where they do encounter an aggressive dog.
Some breeds display more aggressive tendencies, but it doesn’t mean that that specific dog will be aggressive. Their personalities, training, and other factors play into their behaviors. Whilst, there is no way to come to realize when a dog will attack, there are certain things that can be taken into consideration:
- Most aggressive tendencies tend to derive from the training or lack of training by the owner. They may have trained them to be aggressive and to attack, or the dog may have been abused by people previously and the dog attacks due to fear of being abused again. In these cases, the dog is not liable for the aggression, it is the owner’s responsibility.
- Children are unaware of the ways they can harm a dog. They might believe they are playing with the dog when in fact they are harming them. It is recommended to never leave a child unsupervised with any dog because the dog will instinctively try to protect themselves and can end up biting the child. In fact, most child fatalities (95%) from dog attacks have happened when the child was not being supervised.
Statistics of Dog Bites
These statistics involving dog bites just prove how common they actually are:
- There are about three animal attacks that go unreported for everyone that does get reported
- Medical treatment is required for approximately 1 million people every year due to dog bites
- For all animal attacks, more than the half are children
- Each year there are more than 4 million people who suffer bites from dogs
- Victims who end up in an emergency room due to dog attacks are astonishingly more than 334,000 people
- 60% of dog bites occur at home
- An average of 12 to 15 people loses their life each year by a dog attack
Where do these attacks take place?
- 25% of attacks occur while dogs are chained
- 25% of attacks occur while a dog is loose in their backyard
- 23% of attacks occur inside the premise of the home
- 17% of attacks occur by dogs who were away from their property
- 10% of attacks occur with leashed dogs or other circumstances
Who gets attacked?
- 79% occur to children 12 and under
- 12% occur to those aged between 65 and 94
- 9% occur to those aged between 13 and 64
Things to Do If Attacked or Approached by an Aggressive Dog
- Stand firm if a barking dog approaches. Give the ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘down, command to the dog. They will most likely listen if those same commands are given to them by their owner
- Keep hands down
- Poke dog in the eyes, punch them in the nose, or twist their ears while they are attacking
- If the victim falls during the attack, he or she needs to protect their face and neck with their arms and hands
- Dogs displaying signs of rabies should be reported to the police
There are many other tips someone can do while being attacked or approached by an aggressive dog. Remember to always consult with one of our Miami personal injury lawyers for more information.