While canines provide companionship and security, if an untrained dog rages out of control, it can threaten your safety.
A dog can become aggressive for several reasons. It may attack to protect its territory. Some dog owners make the mistake of teaching their dogs that biting is acceptable during play, so a dog may think its playing with you when it actually sends you to the hospital.
While any breed of dog may become aggressive, the Humane Society reports that the breeds most commonly involved in fatal injuries are:
- St. Bernards
- German Shepards
Dog owners have a responsibility for their dog’s actions and any injuries that it may cause to others. A dog bite injury can result in serious injuries such as disfigurement and infections along with emotional pain and a prolonged fear of canines.
Generally speaking, a dog attack victim can recover damages from:
- Anyone who violated a leash law or any law that restricts dogs from running at-large
- The dog owner, or any person whose negligence caused the attack
- Anyone who kept a dog, knowing that the canine had a history of attacking other people
- Third parties, such as a landlord who knew that a tenant had a dog that was susceptible to attacking or has hurt someone in the past
There are certain things that you can do to protect yourself from a dog bite injury. Some of these include:
- Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog that is without its owner, even if it is chained.
- Do not pet a dog without letting it see you and sniff you.
- When approached by a dog you do not know, stand still with your hands at your sides, and do not make direct eye contact with or speak to the dog. Never run or scream.
- If you are knocked down on the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears. Lie still and remain quiet until the dog leaves.
- If a dog does attack, decrease the possible injury to you by “feeding” it clothing; a jacket, purse or anything that can act as a barrier.
Dog bites are very serious. If you live in the Boise area and have been attacked by a dog, please contact our Boise dog bite attorneys today. Our experienced lawyers can help you recover what you rightfully deserve. Please make the one call to Craig Swapp & Associates today to schedule your free, confidential consultation.
Craig Swapp & Associates
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2939 N. Cole Rd.
Boise, ID 83704