Dog Bites: Unfamiliar Dogs and Children in the Spring

Illinios accident lawyer,  Illnois personal injury attorney, IL wrongful death lawyerAs the Midwest begins to warm up in the spring, people in the Chicagoland area take advantage of every nice day they can. Comfortable temperatures mean it is the perfect time for dog owners to take their beloved pets on a walk and parents to take their kids to play outside. With more animals outside in warmer weather, the likelihood of a dog bite increases.

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Dogs are a popular pet, and over 36% of American households own at least one. They are considered “man’s best friend” but it is important to remember that no matter how friendly a dog is, they are still an animal that acts independently. Even a well-trained dog may bite when threatened. In most cases, a dog bites in reaction to something. They might be startled, or defending territory like food. If a dog is scared or approached by an unfamiliar stressor, a bite may be a form of self-defense. A sick dog may bite if they would prefer to be left alone.

Children are the most likely to experience a dog bite. Young children often do not understand boundaries and may play too rough with a dog. Each animal is different and while some may have the temperament to handle young children, others will not. Whether a dog is familiar or not, it is always important to watch children. You may notice a change in the demeanor of a dog before a child does.

Teach children how to safely interact with animals they do not know. If your child loves animals, they may want to say hello to every dog that passes by. This may startle an unfamiliar dog, or the dog may not do well with children. Teach your child to ask the dog owner if it is okay to pet their dog. The owner will have a better idea of the animal’s temperament and gives the dog time to see you and your child. It is safest to let the dog approach you first. Do not make any sudden movements or loud noises that may startle the unfamiliar dog.

For a worst-case scenario, it is important to know the first steps to take if your child is bitten by an unfamiliar dog. Get your child first out of immediate danger and access the situation. The dog owner may be just as shocked as you are, so stay calm. When bitten by an unfamiliar dog, you may be in an outdoor space like a park and have limited resources. Stop any bleeding, clean the wound, and cover it up the best you can. Speak to the owner regarding the dog’s last rabies shot, but your child’s doctor may want to administer rabies treatment as a necessary precaution. Before going to urgent care, get the dog owners contact information, especially if the bite is severe.

Contact an Orland Park Dog Bite Attorney

With the strength of a dog’s jaw and the risk for infection, a dog bite can lead to the pain and suffering from your child. Contact an experienced Orland Park dog bite attorney to discuss the circumstances of your case for a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of your child. Set up a free consultation by calling our office at 708-633-6005.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/features/dog-bite-prevention/index.html

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