Dog attacks can happen when you least expect them. The worst part is that these attacks not only lead to painful injuries for you, but they can even lead to trauma or injury to your own pet if you are with them. As summer approaches, many of us want to be outside and soak in the sun. Many dog owners will also be outside with their pets, some taking the responsible measures to ensure the safety of others, and some acting negligent in this department. Keep yourself protected by following these tips on avoiding dog attack incidents this season.
● Be Cautious Around Unfamiliar Dogs
Just because a dog looks friendly does not mean this will always be the case. If you are in the vicinity of unfamiliar dogs, it is best to keep your distance and not approach them closely. Not only are they unfamiliar to you, but you are also unfamiliar to them, so it is best to not agitate them or give them the opportunity to grow aggressive around you.
● Pay Attention To A Dog’s Body Language
A dog who is uncomfortable and may lash out and bite you will usually have a change in their body language. Make sure to check for any of these signs:
- Tensed body
- Stiff tail
- Intense stare
- Possibly backing away
- Pulled back head or ears
If you notice an unfamiliar dog close to you presenting this body language, do not panic. It is never a good idea to break into a run, as this can further agitate the dog and may result in a bite incident. Instead, remain motionless and slowly begin to back away.
● If You Are Walking Your Dog, Just Cross The Street!
If you are walking your dog and notice an unfamiliar dog that may be off its leash or aggressive ahead, it is easier to just cross the street or turn back and go through another path. Many dogs may seek confrontation with each other when least expected, and as an owner, you may be caught in the crosshairs. This way, both you and your dog are protected from any aggressive incidents that may occur.
Bitten By A Dog?
If you were bitten by a dog due to the reckless or negligent actions of its owner (i.e. walking it without a leash, failing to pay attention to it, etc.) and were severely injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Sitting down with a personal injury attorney can help you take a closer look at your case to determine your legal options.
Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel is the dedicated law firm that will navigate you through the process of filing a claim if you suffered from a dog bite incident. Possible compensation may help when it comes to medical bills and while recovery if you are unable to work. Let one of our legal experts help. Get to know more about Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel by visiting here.