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How to Avoid Dog Bite Injuries

While you’re out enjoying all the parks and amusement rides this summer, you may encounter more canine companions than usual. But before you bend down to pet someone’s four-legged friend, it’s important to remember that dog bite injuries spike during the summer months, and can put you at serious risk of rabies, tetanus, and major bacterial infections. In fact, the CDC estimates that over 1 in 5 people who become bitten by a dog need immediate medical attention afterwards.

At Dean Law Firm, we hope you and your family are able to stay safe from dog attacks this summer. If you do become injured, our team of experienced litigators can take on your case and pursue the fair compensation that you deserve. In the meantime, however, we’ve provided a few safety tips for avoiding dog bite injuries altogether.

Here are a few safety suggestions to avoid dog bites:

  • Never pet an unknown dog. Even if the owners allow you to pat Fido on the head, it’s best to avoid any physical contact with an unknown dog outdoors. Because the dog is in an unfamiliar and confusing environment, their behavior may be more predictable than it would be at home with their owners.
  • Never start running if a dog follows you. Although your first instinct may be to hit the pavement when you see an aggressive dog approaching, it’s important to push back on that impulse. Running will only make you seem more like prey, and increase the chance that you suffer a serious attack.
  • Use a firm voice to issue commands. Dogs have been bred over the centuries to respond to firm human voices and commands, and many have even been formally trained. While this won’t always work with a stray or severely neglected dog, you can try shouting loud verbal commands like “No!” or “Down!” when the neighbor’s dog bounds up to you.
  • Appear confident. With their genetic history as pack animals and scavengers, dogs generally prefer to avoid taking on large or imposing animals (like humans) by themselves. If you are firm without being aggressive and don’t show signs of fear, you may be able to reinforce that you are not an ideal target.
  • Avoid direct eye content. Eye contact makes dogs feel more uncomfortable and threatened, especially with people they don’t know. Showing that your attention is elsewhere can help to ease the dog’s aggression and encourage them to back down.
  • Redirect the dog’s attention with a whistle or treat. Bringing along some tools of distraction – such as whistles, treats, or water spray bottles – while you’re outdoors can help keep you safe in the event of a dog attack. Chances are good that a dog will back off and focus on the distraction instead of you.

How Do I Seek Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries?

No matter how much you prepare, most people do not expect to be bitten by a dog. These attacks can leave you with severe physical and emotional wounds, and you may need to spend thousands on medical bills, treatments, counseling, and time off work to recover fully.

By filing a civil lawsuit against the dog’s owner, you may be able to get additional funding to cover these needs, and ensure that the dog never attacks another person. Our Midland dog bite injury team at the Dean Law Firm can help you accomplish these goals, and provide the compassionate and dedicated counsel that you deserve after your traumatic experience.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (432) 214-8125 for a free consultation!