According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year. Of those incidents, one in five requires medical attention. There are steps you can take to help decrease the chances of you and your loved ones being victim to one of these devastating accidents.
Children are at the greatest risk of suffering a serious injury in a dog attack. The CDC reports that the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years old, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites. Children need to be taught early and often that not all dogs are safe, and that they should not approach dogs they do not know without parental supervision.
Under no circumstances should a child attempt to pet a dog that is eating, sleeping, or nursing. Children who are frightened of a dog should be taught to walk away quietly. Running and screaming may provoke the dog to chase the child. If approached by an unfamiliar dog, children would be well advised to remain motionless and to avoid eye contact. If a child wants to pet a friendly dog, it is best to let the dog see and sniff the child for a while before making contact.
The experienced Oklahoma City premises liability attorneys with the Maples Law Firm help victims of dog bite accidents get financial compensation for their medical bills, hospitalization and surgery costs, time away from work, pain and suffering, and other related damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, please call our offices at 1(888) 226-6159 to discuss your legal rights and options.