DOG BITES

Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pup can bite. Most people are bitten by their own dog or one they know. Unwisely, some owners actually promote aggression in their dogs or allow aggression to go unchecked.

From nips to bites to actual attacks, dog bites are a serious problem. Dog bite victims requiring medical attention in the United States number approximately 800,000 annually. Countless more bites go untreated. On average, about a dozen people die each year from dog bites.

Who’s being bitten?

Statistically, the numbers of recorded dog bites are significantly higher in children than adults. The elderly and home service providers such as mail carriers and meter readers are also high on the list of frequent dog bite victims. CAUTION: Never leave a baby or child alone with a dog.

IF YOU are bitten

If your own dog bit you, confine it immediately and call your veterinarian to check your dog’s vaccination records.

If someone else’s dog bit you, first seek medical treatment for the wound. Next, contact authorities and tell them everything you can about the dog: the owner’s name, if you know it; the color and size of the dog; where you encountered the dog; and, if and where you’ve seen it before. These details may help animal-control officers locate the dog. In addition, consider asking your physician if post-exposure rabies treatment may be necessary.

Dogs are wonderful companions. By acting responsibly, owners not only reduce the number of dog bites, but also enhance the relationship they have with their dog.

Accordingly, if you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the responsible owner of the dog. Recoverable damages could include past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, and other foreseeable damages resulting from the injury. You can also file a personal injury action against the owner of the dog that caused your injury.

CALL THE TRIPP LAW FIRM FOR A FREE CONSULTATION TO DISCUSS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS 1 (888) 392-LAWS (5297).

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