Dogs are famously known as man’s best friend and are often cherished
as beloved honorary family members. Unfortunately, sometimes our furry
friends can bite. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in
the United States and 1 out of every 5 bites becomes infected. In addition
to the risk of infection, dog bites can result in nerve damage or but
a bite victim at risk for illness or death.
Of course, this does not mean we should all get rid of our dogs. They make
excellent companions and, with the right safety precautions, we can all
learn how to prevent dog bites.
Who Is At Risk?
A dog bite can happen to anyone, but there are some individuals who are
at greater risks than others, including:
- Children: The right of dog bites among children are highest for those between
the ages of 5 and 9 years old.
- Men: Women are not as likely to be bitten by a dog as men are.
Surprisingly, most dog bites occur in a home with dogs who are familiar with us.
How to Prevent Dog-Bite Injuries
Knowing what to do to prevent these injuries is just as important as knowing
what not to do. Here are some tips you should keep in mind:
- Remain motionless if you are approached by an unfamiliar dog
- If a dog knocks you over, curl into a ball with your head tucked and your
hands placed over your ears
- Let an adult know about stray dogs or dogs that exhibit strange behavior
Here are some tips on what you should NOT do:
- Never run from a dog
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
- Never allow your children to play with a dog while unsupervised
- Do not panic or make loud noises
- Never encourage aggressive play-behavior from your dog
- Do not pet a dog without letting it sniff you first
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, your immediate concern should be
your safety. Once you are in a safe place, wash your wounds with soap
and water, and immediately seek medical attention. This is particularly
crucial if the wound becomes red, painful, warm, or swollen, which are
indicative of an infection. You must also report the incident to the police
department and contact the owner to ensure the dog has a current rabies
South Bend Dog Bite Attorneys
At Wruble Law Group, our proven, compassionate legal team has over four
decades of legal experience and knows how to properly investigate a personal
injury claim to a successful and just income. If you were bitten by someone
else’s dog, contact us today to inquire about your legal options.
Reach out to us today at (574) 281-0142 to schedule a consultation.