While most dogs are friendly, others can be extremely vicious and will attack for what seems like no reason. A dog bite can result in serious consequences, especially in children. Hospitalization, disfigurement and in rare cases, even death can result from an aggressive dog attack. Here's how to prevent dog bites, and what to do if you or a loved one are bitten.
1. Keep Young Children Away From Dogs
One of the most common scenarios that result in dog attacks is when a very young child approaches or attempts to play with a dog. Children under the age of five may not understand the concept of being gentle with the animal, and may not understand when the dog is giving off warning signs to get away. The best course of action is to keep young children away from dogs until they are old enough to be taught how to respond appropriately to a dog.
2. Have Male Dogs Neutered
Statistics show that intact, adult male dogs have the highest chance of biting. If you own a male dog, have the dog neutered as soon as possible when they are old enough.
3. Do Not Make Eye Contact With a Dog Who Is About to Bite
If you suspect that a dog is getting ready to attack you, don't scream or turn the other way and run. This will provoke the dog to chase you. Instead, avoid making eye contact with the dog at all costs, and stay still with your hands at your sides. By doing this, you will decrease the chances that the dog will bite you, and instead, the dog may lose interest in you and walk away.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Were Bitten By a Dog
Getting prompt medical attention if you or a loved one were bitten by a dog is of the utmost importance. Even if the bite seems minor, puncture wounds can be surprisingly deep and can cause serious bleeding. Infection is also a concern with dog bites. Once you have received the proper medical treatment, seek the advice of a seasoned Florida dog bite attorney
If the dog was vicious and at large, or you were attacked on another person's property by their dog, you may be able to hold the dog owner responsible for your injuries. A skilled dog bite attorney in Pensacola can help determine if you have a legitimate injury claim, and can assist you in recovering as much financial restitution as possible.
At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., we have significant experience working with dog bite victims and their families, and can apply our unique knowledge and expertise to your case. With sound legal advice and aggressive representation, you can increase the chances that your case will be resolved successfully and in your favor.
Contact us today for a consultation by calling 1-800-555-4011. The first consultation is free, and you pay nothing if we aren't able to recover financial compensation for you.