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Why Are Children at a Higher Risk of Dog Bite Injuries?

Posted on in Dog Bite Injuries

Naperville dog bite attorney child injuriesThroughout the United States, dogs have become one of the most popular pets for people of all ages. Families will often welcome canines into their household to provide protection and companionship for their young children. Although a dog is often viewed as man's best friend, the possibility of an attack is a concern for many families, especially with younger kids. Nerve damage, scarring and disfigurement, severe injuries, and wrongful deaths can all result from a physical assault from these animals. Before allowing your child to have contact with a canine, it is important to understand what behaviors can place them at a higher risk of an attack.     

Dog Bites and Children

Children are more likely to be the victims of dog bite injuries because of their inability to recognize signs of anger and aggression being displayed by a dog. Kids who are playing with a dog might not realize the consequences of their actions, and any behavior that frightens a dog can trigger a hostile reaction. First and foremost, parents should not allow their kids to play with a dog while unsupervised. In addition, there are several things parents can do to ensure that children avoid danger, including:

  • Do not touch or play with an unfamiliar dog.

  • Do not run away from a dog.

  • Do not panic or make obnoxious noises in front of a dog.

  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for its puppies.

  • Always ask an owner if it is okay to pet his or her dog.

  • Remain motionless if approached by an unfamiliar dog.

Where Can a Dog Bite Attack Take Place?

Due to the popularity of dogs in our society, an attack can happen almost anywhere. In general, however, most children will suffer a dog-related injury either on their own family's property, at another person's house, or at a park. A dog attack can be especially devastating for a child because of their small size. Many injuries can require hospitalization, surgery, and/or physical therapy to ensure that children can heal properly, and this can result in extensive medical expenses. If a child was injured by a dog in an unprovoked attack, parents may be able to pursue financial compensation from the animal's owner.

Contact an Illinois Dog Bite Injury Attorney

Although children are more susceptible to being injured by dog bites, that does not mean they are always responsible for these incidents. If your child has been injured in a dog attack, you should be sure to understand your legal options for holding the dog's owner responsible for the damages your family has suffered. At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, our knowledgeable Will County personal injury lawyers can evaluate your case and help you determine how to proceed. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 630-552-6860.     

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/features/dog-bite-prevention/index.html

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Contact an Illinois Dog Bite Attorney

If you have suffered a dog bite injury, our personal injury lawyers can help you determine the actual value of the damages you have suffered, and we will work to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us at 630-552-6860 or fill out the form below to arrange a free consultation.

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