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Dog Bites Can Be More Than Just Painful


Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Aug 20, 2014 in Advice

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Every year there are close to 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the United States. One-fifth of those bitten each year require medical attention, and half of those requiring medical attention are children. Dog bites can lead to infection which can require hospitalization in some of the worst cases.

Dog bites, and injury, can be prevented by follow these tips:

  • Make sure you get your dog from a reputable shelter or breeder, veterinarians can help you find one if you aren’t sure where to begin.
  • Never leave your child unattended with a dog.
  • Properly socialize your dog.
  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Do not run from a dog or scream.
  • Remain motionless (e.g., "be still like a tree") when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and be still.
  • Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

While following all of these tips is a good way to prevent dog bites, you may still find yourself or a family member the victim of a dog bite. If this is the case, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.