Millions of innocent children and adults get seriously injured or suffer wrongful death due to dog bite attacks each year. If you, your child or other loved one has suffered a dog bite and are not sure what you should do, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Ben Crittenden as soon as possible.
After suffering a dog bite, you likely have many questions and may be scared about your future or the future of your injured child. As experienced dog bite injury attorneys, we have represented many dog bite injury victims and understand the pain and suffering you are facing.
We will let you know what to expect as a victim of a dog bite injury and what you should to do after you’ve been bitten.
Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites. There are a number of precautions parents can take to promote dog bite child safety. Most importantly, teach young children, including toddlers, to be careful around pets.
They should not:
- Hug or approach a dog from behind;
- Touch his food bowl;
- Pull parts of his body;
- Stare directly into his eyes; or
- Try to kiss him on the face.
- Children should always ask permission from a dog’s owner before touching or petting a dog and when doing so, they should always put their hand out first so the dog can sniff them.
Another important child safety tip is to educate children on what to do if threatened by a dog. Tell them to:
- Remain calm and do not scream;
- Speak calmly and firmly;
- Avoid making eye contact with the dog;
- Try to stay still until the dog leaves or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight;
- Do not turn and run away; and
- If the child falls or is knocked to the ground, tell them to curl into a ball with their hands over their head and neck, protecting their face.
- Our children are precious and we need to do whatever is necessary to promote dog bite child safety. We do not have control over whether a dog decides to attack, but we can arm our children with the knowledge of what to do if they ever come face to face with a vicious dog.
Dangerous Dog Breeds
The most dangerous dog breeds according to the Centers for Disease Control are:
- Pit bulls
- German shepherds
- Alaskan malamutes
- Doberman pinschers
- Great Danes
- Saint Bernards
As small dogs are not on the list, many small dog owners ignore their dog’s bad behavior because of their size and don’t believe the can hurt anyone. However this is incorrect as little dogs bite more often than big dogs.
Even though there is no way to predict exactly when a dangerous dog will bite, you should be aware of the following:
Dogs that have been treated harshly or trained to attack have a greater tendency to bite a person. Though some breeds are more regularly dangerous, a dog owner can turn any dog into a dangerous dog. Typically, the owner’s actions are responsible for the aggression, not the breed and not the dog itself.
An infant or toddler who is left alone with a dog can cause a dangerous situation to occur as young children like to yank and grab onto dogs without realizing they may be hurting the dog. Dogs then bite to protect themselves to stop the cause of the pain they are experiencing. A whopping 95% of all child fatalities occur when a child is left alone with a dog.
Any dog can make a good, loving pet, whether or not is is considered a dangerous breed. You cannot determine, by breed alone, whether or not it is going to attack.
Overwhelmingly, male dogs that have not been fixed are more likely to bite.
Nearly 80% of all fatal dog attacks are on children under the age of 12. The elderly are the next largest group at risk to suffer fatalities.
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Suffered a dog bite in the State of Alaska? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your dog bite case is worth? Call Ben Crittenden, an experienced dog bite victim lawyer, at 907-771-9002 for a FREE legal consultation regarding your dog bite injury case. Visit our contact page to send us a message directly.
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