According to statistics gathered by the city of Anchorage, dogs bite about five million people across the United States each year. Most victims are children between the ages of five and nine. Children are more apt to approach a strange dog, and they usually do not have the experience or knowledge to properly read the warning signs from dogs that a bite or attack could be imminent.
Dog bites can cause permanent scars for your child, both physically and emotionally. When your child is attacked by a dog, a dog bite lawsuit can be the best way for you to obtain damages.
What You Should Do If Your Child Is Hurt by a Dog
Most dog attacks on children result in bites and scratches to the child’s head, face, and neck, which often require stitches, painful rabies shots, and even plastic surgery if there is scarring. After you rescue your child from the dog and are in a safe place, you should immediately do the following:
- Call 911, even if your child’s injuries don’t appear to be serious. Even a small scratch can lead to serious infection and you won't know if the dog is up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.
- Identify the dog’s owner and get their contact information. If they were not present during the attack, let them know that your child was bitten and needs emergency medical treatment. Ask for their homeowner’s insurance policy details.
- Report the incident to Anchorage Animal Care and Control by going online or calling 343-8119. They may take the dog into custody for quarantine and to ensure it doesn’t harm anyone else.
- Gather evidence of the attack. Take pictures of your child’s wounds and get contact information from anyone who might have witnessed the attack.
- Contact an experienced dog bite attorney.
Protect Your Child’s Rights After a Dog Bite
Dealing with insurance companies on your own is a complicated process, but by hiring an attorney, you can protect your child’s rights and ensure they get the compensation they deserve for injuries and pain and suffering. Call Ben Crittenden at 907-885-6032 for a FREE legal consultation regarding your dog bite injury case.