What to Do in Case of a Dog Bite
The very first step to take when you’ve been bitten by a dog is to seek medical attention. Don’t allow a bad situation to become worse by not treating it; the wound could become infected and even lead to death. Of course, you will want to inform the dog’s owner of the incident if they are not already aware.
You should consult the attorneys of Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck in the case of a dog bite. We will ask you for such basic but vital information as details of the incident, the name and contact information of the dog’s owner, as well as the name and contact information of any witnesses.
The Reality of a Dog Bite
Over four million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and more than 20 percent of these victims require medical treatment. Tragically, many of these injured parties are children and a lot of them were bitten in the face. If you or a family member has been the victim of a canine bite, you know that it is nothing to be taken lightly. In almost all cases the dog’s owner is responsible for ensuring that you are made whole. Talk to the personal injury attorneys at Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck who are experienced in these matters.
11 pledges to teach children about interacting with dogs.
According to the The American Veterinary Medical Association children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured. Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
The ASPCA suggests that you have your children recite the following pledges:
- I will not stare into a dog’s eyes.
- I will not tease dogs behind fences.
- I will not go near dogs chained up in yards.
- I will not touch a dog I see loose (off-leash) outside.
- If I see a loose dog, I will tell an adult immediately.
- I will not run and scream if a loose dog comes near me.
- I will stand very still (like a tree), and will be very quiet if a dog comes near me.
- I will not touch or play with a dog while he or she is eating.
- I will not touch a dog when he or she is sleeping.
- I will only pet a dog if I have received permission from the dog’s owner.
- Then I will ask permission of the dog by letting him sniff my closed hand.
Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims
The number of claims, ave. cost per claim and value of claims vary by state but this is a good example of what the numbers add up to. Here are an estimated number and costs of dog bite claims (and other dog-related injuries) 2014 state results.
Dog Bite Claim Costs Rising
The number of dog bite claims is down from 2014 back to 2003 but the value of the claims and the average cost per claim have both increased significantly.
Though they’ve cemented their status as man’s best friend, dogs are still animals. And whether it was the way they were trained, an accident, something you did or their more vicious instincts just kicking in, dogs unfortunately can and do bite, sometimes causing severe damage to the victim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, contact Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck today at: 414-223-4444 or online at: www.jsh-law.com/contact-us
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