Children are particularly vulnerable to dangerous dog bite injuries. Whenever a child is attacked by a vicious dog, there is the potential for catastrophic injuries or even death. It is important to not only protect children from potentially dangerous dogs, but also to teach them how to be safe around dogs in general. Here are some dog safety tips that adults can practice as well.
It is important to never approach an unleashed dog that you do not know. Additionally, dogs that are nursing, eating or sleeping should not be bothered. If a potentially dangerous dog approaches you, it is in your best interest to stay still. Running away may provoke the dog to chase you. Making eye contact with the animal may make the animal feel nervous or threatened. If the dog does attack, it is best to remain still or to even lie like a log.
It is best not to approach strange dogs. If you know the dog or if the owner is nearby and you are about to pet the dog, it is important to let the dog sniff your hand first. Any sudden movements or unwanted touching may startle the animal. Children need to be taught that dogs do not like being hugged or pulled.
If an animal injures you or a loved one it is important to seek medical attention, find, or identify the dog’s owner and to seek legal guidance from an experienced attorney. New Jersey Statute 4:19-16 allows injured victims of dog attacks to hold the dog owner accountable for the injuries suffered whether or not the dog has a history of violent behavior.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite attack, please contact the experienced New Jersey dog bite injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein. We have helped numerous dog bite victims obtain fair compensation to cover damages including medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization, and even cost of cosmetic surgery. Call our law offices today at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.