According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 4.7 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year. Children are the most common victims of dog attacks. About 800,000 Americans receive medical treatment for dog bites each ear. Again, children are most likely to be severely injured. Half of those who seek treatment – 400,000 – are children. It is important to note that most dog bites affecting children occur during everyday activities. They occur while children interact with familiar dogs. There are several ways by which children can avoid getting into such situations. It is important that every parent makes his or her child aware of these 7 prevention tips and techniques.
- Young children must be careful around animals, even if they are their own family’s pets.
- Children must be taught NEVER to approach, pet or provoke strange dogs.
- Never run past a dog – it may get startled and attack.
- Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for its young ones.
- If a dog walks or runs towards you, stay calm. Do not scream or start running. On the contrary, stay still or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
- If a dog knocks you to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head, and, neck. Always protect your face.
- Tip for adults: Never leave a child or infant alone with a dog – even for a short period of time.
If your child has been injured in a New Jersey dog bite incident, the NJ dog bite accident lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein may be able to help you secure compensation and protect your child’s legal rights. In New Jersey, the owner of a dangerous dog can be held financially responsible for the dog’s actions, even if he or she is not aware of the animal’s prior viciousness. Victims can seek compensation for all of the injuries and costs associated with medical and other treatment necessitated by the dog attack. This may include cosmetic surgery and psychological counseling for a traumatized child. Please contact our skilled attorneys at (609) 240-0040 to get more information about your New Jersey dog bite claim.