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Protecting your child from a dog bite

Many families enjoy the responsibility and companionship of owning a pet dog. Man’s best friend may prove to be a positive addition to the family and neighborhood. Yet dogs cannot understand stressful situation or excited children, and some animals may become nervous and lash out.

Dog bites prove to be incredibly dangerous. Bites can inflict serious physical damage as well as emotional trauma. Should a dog bite your child, you must prepare to file a personal injury lawsuit. As a parent, your child’s safety stands at the forefront of your activities, so you may wish to utilize methods of prevention to avoid an angry or upset animal.

Dog bites and warning signs

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 800,000 people across the United States receive treatment for dog bites every year, and children make up half of treated patients. Even some stressful scenarios provoke sweet, gentle dogs.

To protect their children, parents should look for warning signs that depict an irritated dog. These signs may include:

  • A possessive dog playing with a toy
  • A dog eating or sleeping
  • A mother dog protecting puppies
  • A dog that is growling or barking
  • A dog that is aggressive with its owner

Should you come across a dog demonstrating any of these signs, do not allow your child to pet it. In addition, always ask an attentive owner before petting a dog, as he or she may be able to identify signs of aggression you may have missed.

Filing personal injury claims

Should a dog bite your child, you may wish to file a personal injury claim against the insurance of the dog owner. When you file a claim, a court may grant you compensation for:

  • Medical bills: You may have incurred significant medical bills depending on the severity of your child’s injury.
  • Hospital visits: You may have visited the local emergency room to obtain immediate treatment for your child upon the dog bite.
  • Pain and suffering: If your child is physically scarred or experiences trauma toward dogs, you may be entitled to compensation.

As a parent, keeping your child safe proves to be your top priority. While dog bite accidents occur daily, you may protect your child from serious physical injury and emotional trauma by identifying an unsafe animal. Should your child be bitten, you may wish to file personal injury case so that you and your child may receive restitutive compensation.

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