Each year, about 4.5 million people across the nation will suffer dog bites. These bites require 885,000 trips to emergency rooms and other medical centers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30,000 people who are attacked by dogs will require reconstructive surgery every year. Alarmingly, about half of all dog bite victims are children.
Most dogs are friendly and well trained, but a select few can be extremely vicious and may attack for what appears to be no reason at all. A dog bite will often inflict serious damage, particularly in children. Scarring, disfigurement, disease, hospitalization, and even death can result from a serious dog attack. Our Miami personal injury lawyers have prepared a few tips on how to prevent bites and what you can do if a loved one is bitten:
- Keep Young Children Away from Strange Dogs: One of the most common dog attack scenarios involves young children approaching or attempting to play with dogs. Young children may not understand when a dog is giving off warning signs to leave it alone, and some dogs are triggered by children running. Teach children to stay away from dogs they do not know and always monitor children with even those dogs that you do know.
- Neuter Male Dogs: Statistics show that intact male dogs have the highest chance of biting. As such, if you own a male dog be sure to neuter him as soon as he is old enough.
- Do Not Make Eye Contact With an Aggressive Seeming Dog: If you suspect that a dog may attack or is acting in an aggressive manner, do not scream or turn the other way and run. This will provoke the dog to chase you. Instead, avoid making eye contact with the dog and remain calm and still, with your hands by your side. By doing this, you will decrease the chance that the dog decides to attack and the dog may lose interest in you and leave the scene.
What to Do If You or a Loved One is Bitten by a Dog
It is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog. Any puncture wound brings with it the possibility of infection and even seemingly minor bite wounds can result in serious bleeding. A doctor will be able to assess the wound and provide the necessary medical care, which may include vaccinations for tetanus and antibiotics.
Once you have received the proper medical attention, you should seek the assistance of an experienced Florida dog bite attorney. If the dog attacked you on the property of another or was vicious and on the loose, you may be able to hold the dog owner accountable for your injuries and damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.: Helping You and Your Family Stay Safe
Dog attacks are some of the most frightening experiences imaginable. Those who have experienced injuries at the hands of a dog will require immediate legal assistance, as medical bills and other expenses can quickly mount. The Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have assisted dog bite victims across South Florida for over 130 collective years. Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Allow our dedicated attorneys to mount your successful personal injury case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.