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What You Should Know About Dog Bites

Being bitten by a dog is not just frightening. Often, a fierce attack can result in serious injuries. Statistics show that children are more at risk for dog bites than any other age group, and in the worst cases, wrongful death can occur. When an attack is severe, contact a lawyer as soon as you can.

No doubt you have many questions and getting legal answers can reassure you about what to expect. First, we will provide you with some facts from the Humane Society to help you put dog bites into perspective.

When Are Dogs Most Likely to Bite?

Here are some situations to avoid where dogs are more prone to bite:

  • When chained
  • When protecting their territory in their own yards
  • When approached from behind
  • When near or touching the dog’s food bowl
  • When running away from the dog in fear
  • When making eye contact with the dog
  • When growling or baring their teeth

What Should You Do When a Dog Seems Likely to Attack?

  • Do not run or scream
  • Remain calm
  • Speak quietly and calmly
  • Avoid making eye contact with the dog
  • Remain still or back away slowly
  • If knocked onto the ground, curl in a ball
  • Protect your head, neck and face with your hands
  • Make your hands into fists to protect your fingers
  • Let the dog have your jacket or sweater
  • While the dog rips your jacket or sweater apart, slowly back away

It is wise to teach your children how to act around dogs. Frequently, knowledge of what to do can help protect them against dog bites and avoid severe injury.

What Are Your Rights to Recover Compensation for 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.

If you or your child suffers from a dog bite injury, contact an attorney right away for legal help.