Avoiding Situations That Could Lead to a Dog Bite Lawsuit

Nearly 40 percent of American households own at least one dog, which means there is a lot of potential for someone to be bitten by a dog every day, and this translates to the probability that a dog bite lawsuit will be filed when the victim is seriously injured. It’s a fact that these canine companions bite humans, on average, 4.7 million times every year in the US.


Why dogs have a tendency to bite


A number of environmental triggers can cause even-tempered dogs to attack. Some of the most common triggers include defending their territory, young pups or food; being confronted by a stranger or finding themselves in an unfamiliar situation; being taunted or provoked by someone; and suffering from an injury or illness of some kind. Even a normally well-behaved dog may bite if they feel nervous or threatened in any way.


For example, if a child is left alone with an unfamiliar dog and accidentally steps on the animal’s tail, the dog may react and bite the youngster. Many homeowners assume that their dog is friendly since he or she has been raised around their own kids. But it remains a fact that they can, and often may react completely different around other people’s children.


Children receive a large number of bites from pets, some of which cause permanent disfigurement or even death. These are the types of scenarios that lead to litigation for pain and suffering, trauma, and costly medical bills. It’s important to remember that the two most helpless groups of people are children and senior citizens, both of whom suffer the most dog bites. In half of all dog bite cases, the victim is 12 years old or younger. What’s more, many of these injuries occurred around the vulnerable head and neck region.


No one wants to be slapped with a dog bite lawsuit, but if a dog is not well trained, or the dog gets over stimulated under any circumstances, there is the propensity for the animal to attack. Dog owners might want to consider signing up their canine friend for training classes taught by a professional dog trainer.


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