The old adage says “His bark is worse than his bite” when referring to dogs. Not always. As you might expect, the Pit Bull, the Rottweiler, and the German Shepherd are among the top culprits when it comes to biting people. Still, even nice dogs have been known to bite.
“Even good dogs have bad days,” said United States Post Office Safety Director Linda DeCarlo said in an interview.
And, yes, even though it’s sometimes considered amusing – when a dog chases the mailman – it is still a real issue. The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before.
Overall, nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, half of these are children, according to the Center for Disease Control. One in five dog bites results in injuries serious enough to require medical attention.
Have you or your child been injured by a dog? Dog bite victims may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, long-term emotional problems, plastic surgery, and other physical injuries.
Even the gentlest breeds of dogs have been known to bite. Most commonly, a dog bite is a dog’s natural reaction to something. If the dog finds itself in a stressful situation, it may bite to defend itself or its territory. A dog can bite because it doesn’t feel well, it may have been startled, it felt threatened or it wanted to protect something that is valuable to it, like its puppies, food or a toy.
There are also times when a dog bites during playtime. Even a nip can seriously hurt a youngster. Kids sometimes innocently pull a dog’s tail or try to wrestle or play tug-of-war.
Anytime you, a friend or loved one is bitten by a dog, obtain medical treatment right away. Then, it is important to report the dog bite to animal control for your area and/or the police department. Keep a record of whom you reported it to and when. Take photographs of the injuries.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine who is liable for an injury caused by a dog. Frequently, owners of the dog will try to blame the victim who is an innocent child, guest, or jogger. Victims of dog bites are sometimes reluctant to bring claims if they have a relationship with the dog’s owner. Please be assured that if there is adequate insurance coverage, the owner will not have to compensate you personally. Insurance coverage can come from many sources, depending on the situation, and the attorneys at Tauber Law Offices will be able to determine this for you.
Too often there are irresponsible pet owners out there who just shouldn’t have a dog in the first place. Many times, dogs are untrained and allowed to roam without a leash or fence. Owners may be especially liable for dog bite injuries if they knew the dog was dangerous but didn’t do anything about it. Often, owners do not have the dog’s rabies vaccines and other medical necessities up to date.
Like so many other areas of personal injury law, every circumstance is different.
Tauber Law has experience in dog bite cases. We will investigate the circumstances, sometimes with the help of animal control or law enforcement.
If you have a case of a dog bite causing serious injury or even death, we want to hear from you. There is no charge for the initial meeting. Our mission is to seek justice for you in any kind of personal injury accident where another party is liable, whether it be a dog bite, a big truck accident, or any one of a large variety of other causes.