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Dog Bite Questions

According to the Humane Society, the most dangerous breeds are Pit bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Malamutes, St. Bernards and Huskies. These breeds are commonly associated with severe injuries and occasionally human fatalities. But any breed of dog has the potential to be dangerous.Is my pet’s past behavior taken into consideration in court? Yes. The court may also consider you canine’s past temperament, and its physical capability to inflict pain. The court also considers the seriousness of the injuries and the likelihood of a similar attack in the future-and the owner’s precautions to avoid those attacks.
There are many different reasons why dogs bite humans. The most common is out of fear, or to protect its territory. Dogs may also bite to establish dominance over a human being. Some owners make the mistake of teaching their canines that it is OK to bite when playing. Sadly, the result is more and more babies and toddlers getting bit when a dog identifies them as “prey.” Since dogs bite for various reasons, it is imperative that dog owners take the necessary steps to prevent their animals from causing harm to others.

If your dog bites someone, you should take the following steps:

  • Detain your dog immediately
  • Check on victim’s condition and call for medical help if needed
  • Give the victim the date of your dog’s last rabies vaccination and illness history
  • Cooperate with the animal control officials
  • Seek professional help to prevent your dog from biting again-seek a referral from a veterinarian or animal control agency
  • If you cannot control your dog’s dangerous behavior and decide to give it away, tell any prospective owner about past attacks.
To best avoid an attack, do not disturb a dog while it is eating, sleeping or caring for its pups. Also refrain from chasing and teasing a dog, and do not play rough by pulling its tail or ears. Never take food away from a dog, or back it into a corner-these actions can make the dog become defensive and increase your risk for an attack. When you meet a dog you do not know, greet it by avoiding eye contact. Make sure to always supervise children when they are around canines, and teach them the proper way to behave around these pets.
While it is impossible to place an “average” monetary value on a dog bite settlement, damages can include compensation for medical bills, wage losses (past and future), pain and suffering, future costs of plastic or reconstructive surgery, and psychological counseling.If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you probably have questions. Craig Swapp & Associates has been representing accident victims for more than 50 years. We are devoted to your case, and winning you the damages you deserve. Please contact our office today for a free consultation. One call, that’s all.
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