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How to Protect Yourself Before & After A Dog Bite

Learn How to:

  • Recognize situations when a dog is most likely to bite
  • How to handle being in the presence of an aggressive dog
  • What compensation you can receive if you have been bitten

Getting bit by a dog is more than scary, it’s dangerous. Serious injuries can easily result from a dog attack. Statistically, children are more at risk than any other age group for dog bits. And nearly 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog require medical attention. If an attack is severe, you should contact a lawyer as soon as you can. But before this happens, learn what to do now so you can avoid a possible injury.

When Are Dogs Most Likely to Bite?

Avoid these situations where a dog is more likely to be aggressive:

  • When attached to a chain
  • When protecting their territory in their own yards
  • Being approached from behind
  • Getting close to or touching the dog’s food bowl
  • Running away from the dog in fear
  • Eye contact with the dog
  • When growling or showing teeth

What Should you do When a Dog Seems Likely to Attack?

  • Don’t scream or run away
  • Try to remain calm
  • Speak quietly and calmly
  • Avoid eye contact with the dog
  • Stay still or slowly back away
  • If knocked down, curl into a ball
  • Use your hands to protect your head, neck and face
  • Make a fist to protect your fingers
  • Give the dog your sweater or jacket as a distraction
  • Back away (slowly) while the dog is ripping your sweater or jacket

Teaching you children these signs is a good idea, and hopefully this knowledge could protect them and avoid serious injury if they are ever threatened by a dog.

What Are Your Rights to Recover Compensation for a Dog Bite Injury

New York dog bite law holds owners liable when an attorney can prove the dog was dangerous and the owner knew it or when the dog bit people previously. The dog must be unprovoked and engage in an unjustified attack, such as viciously attacks or killing someone or a companion animal. I have personally represented many dog bite victims receive their due compensation for their injury.