Unfortunately, children are often the victims of vicious dog attacks in Arizona. They tend to be more trusting of strange dogs and sometimes wander in areas where they are not leashed. Dogs are common pets and treated as members of the family, yet they have the potential to inflict serious harm on children. Even though pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other “muscle breeds” are believed to be involved in more fatal dog attacks than other breeds, any dog is capable of attacking and smaller dogs are typically more likely to bite.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refers to dog bites as “a largely preventable public health problem.” According to the CDC, adults and children can reduce their risk of being bitten by a dog. The following are tips to prevent dog bites:
- Learn about dog breeds before bringing home a dog.
- Dogs that are known to be aggressive should not be around children.
- Young children and infants should never be left alone with a dog.
- Aggressive games with canines should be avoided.
The CDC also provides the following safety tips for children, so that they can avoid being attacked by dogs:
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
- If approached by an unfamiliar dog, don’t move.
- Roll into a ball if knocked over by a dog.
- Do not look a dog directly in the eyes.
- A dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies should be left alone.
Dog Bite Lawyer – Mesa, AZ
If your child has been the victim of a dog bite, you may be able to hold the owner liable for the dog bite injuries. The law in Mesa Arizona allows dog bite victims to pursue compensation for injuries caused by dog bites. Some of these damages include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish and disfigurement. This is often accomplished through out-of-court settlements with insurance companies or lawsuits. For more information, contact Nathan Hogle at 480-999-0646