Tips for Avoiding a Dog Attack
Dog attacks do happen, but there are steps that can be taken to try and avoid or prevent a dog attack from happening. Research shows that every day about 1,000 people in the United States go to the emergency room for injuries resulting from dog bites. Fortunately, if you are approached by an aggressive dog, there are steps you can take to try and avoid a dog attack.
How to Avoid a Dog Attack
Being approached by an aggressive dog can be frightening. Your initial thought might be to run away, but in doing so you’re actually enticing the dog to chase you. In an encounter with an aggressive dog try to remain calm and follow these helpful tips from the Humane Society:
- Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
- Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
- Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight.
- If the dog does attack you, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.
What to Do If You Are a Victim of a Dog Attack
If you are a victim of a dog bite, contact a dog bite lawyer immediately. In California, due to the strict liability law, the owners are held responsible. You could receive compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional damages. In order to support your claim, make sure you:
- Report the incident to animal control
- Take down the information regarding the incident, dog owner, and witnesses
- Seek medical treatment – photograph the wound before and after the incident
- If the injury is severe, contact a 1-800-THE-LAW2 dog bite lawyer
If your or a loved one is a victim of a dog attack, call 1-800-THE-LAW2 to speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer. The situation can be stressful, but a dog bite lawyer can handle the claim for you. Call 1-800-380-8080 for peace of mind.
- DogBite.org. Dog Bite Statistics. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
- The Humane Society of the United States. How to Avoid a Dog Bite. Retrieved February 12, 2014.