Avoiding a Dog Attack and Advice for Victims
Obviously, it is always better to avoid a dog attack than to have to seek compensation, so let’s start by giving you a few tips on how to protect yourself if you come face to face with an angry canine.
Unfortunately, this a very common issue in the US with about 4.5 million Americans being bit annually (according to the CDC). Add to this the fact that approximately 1 in 5 dog bites gets infected and you have the recipe for some serious injuries and major medical bills.
The Dos and Don’ts of Encountering a Dog
First of all, it is important to stay calm. You may have surprised the dog just as much as it surprised you. Gruffly telling a dog to sit may worry it even more and result in unpredictable behavior. While your first instinct may be to grab and toss a stick, the dog may see you reaching for something on the ground as a sign of aggression. You’re better offer keeping your distance and encouraging the dog to view you as a friend by saying things like “good dog” or other phrases owners often use as encouragement.
What to Do if a Dog Attacks
If a dog catches you off guard or comes at you despite your best efforts, you need to remember a few things. First, protect your neck. Dogs will go for soft tissue areas. You’ll take a lot less damage from a leg bite. Second, if a dog locks its jaw on you, pulling away will only tear the flesh and do more damage.
Another important thing to remember is to see a doctor immediately as you may require shots, especially if rabies is a concern. Then the next professional visit to make is to a lawyer. You need to know your legal options when it comes to recouping money on medical bills as well as the trauma of being placed in such a situation.