Every year, close to 5 million people suffer from dog-bite injuries in Charlotte and elsewhere. Man’s best friend can strike at any minute, but there are ways to reduce your risks for these types of injuries.
Our North Carolina dog bite attorneys understand that many families added a new member over the holidays — a dog. We would like to use this time to educate owners about the risks involved with dogs and offer you some tips to keep you and you children safe around them. Many dog bites are caused by a close friend’s pet or the pet of a neighbor or of a family member. If you or someone in your family has been bitten by a dog, it’s important for you to contact an experienced attorney, especially when the injuries involve young children. Legal assistance can help you to file a claim in as amicable a manner as possible. Legal representation is important in the event that medical complications or emotional issues arise following a serious dog bite.
Of the people bitten by a dog every year, nearly 100,000 seek medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Half of these victims are children. Nearly 390,000 get their assistance from an emergency room. More than 15 die every year.
The injury rate for dog bites is highest among children who are 5- to 9-years-old. Most of these bite injuries occur to the neck or head area of the body for these young victims. Boys have a higher rate for these types of accidents than girls.
As many families got a new pup for Christmas, there are things to consider now for the safety of you and your family.
When getting a new dog:
-Be on the lookout for signs that your child may be scared of the dog. Talk with them about the role of a dog in the family.
-Be sure to spend adequate time with your dog to help it get acquainted with its new family and its new surroundings.
-Spay or neuter to help reduce its aggressive tendencies.
-Never allow your young child to play with the dog alone.
-Never play aggressively with your new dog. Teach it to play nicely.
-Teach the dog submissive behaviors, like sitting, rolling over and dropping food without growling.
What’s most important is that your child knows how to act around dogs and that your dog is acclimated to playing with children. Devastating bite accidents can occur if this isn’t done. Discuss the responsibilities and requirements of having a dog in the house with your kids.
The personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. are an experienced team of attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of dog-bite victims in both North and South Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog-bite accident, call to discuss your rights at a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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