Practice Areas Child Dog Bites and Attacks
When your child is bit by a dog, it can be very scary and serious injuries can occur. If your child has been the victim of a dog bite, you are very likely entitled to compensation. Our team is ready to represent you so that you can focus on your little one's recovery. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.
The Most Vulnerable Victims
Most children see dogs as the furry friends that greet them at the door everyday or sleep with them at night. They don't understand how neglected or poorly trained animals can pose a large threat to their safety. Children are some of the most vulnerable people to dog bite injuries for various reasons:
- Their behavior has been known to spook dogs.
- Children are smaller, giving dogs the ability to attack easier.
- They cannot stand up for themselves like an adult can.
- They can't fully sense that a dog if fixing to attack.
- They sometimes don't know the correct way to interact with dogs.
Gwinnett County Dog Laws
How to Prevent Child Dog Bites
Never leave your child alone with a dog or animal.
Even if your child has been around the dog before, you never know what is going to spook them. Leaving the room for one second can result in a catastrophe.
Never approach dogs wandering around your street or neighborhood.
Many dogs look nice, but that's not to say they won't bite when they feel scared. It's best to let them be.
Don't try to split up a dog fight.
Getting in the middle two dogs fighting will likely not end well for you or your child.
Don't approach dogs that are sleeping, eating, or tending to their pups.
Whenever a dog is eating, sleeping, or especially tending to their young, they become very protective their surroundings. They do not want to be bothered and this is typically when they will show vicious behavior.
Child Dog Bite Statistics
What to do After Your Child Has Been Dog Bit
1. Seek Seek Medical Attention
It's important to seek medical help right after the attack occurs so that you can receive treatment for your child's injury and they can be tested for additional diseases that the dog may have been carrying, such as rabies, staph infection, tetanus, or other bacterial infections that animals tend to have.
2. Gather Info Gather the Dog Owner and Witness Info
Get contact information of the dog owner and any witnesses to the attack, if at all possible (name, address, phone number, email address).
3. Record Record the Dog's Description
In addition to the owner's information, a physical description of the animal is helpful.
4. Take Pictures Take Pictures of the Injuries
Take pictures to record your child's injuries from the dog bite or attack.
5. Keep a Record Keep a Record of the Location, Date and Time
It is helpful to know exactly where and when the attack occurred.
6. Contact Contact an Attorney
To receive compensation after your child has been bit, it's important that you contact an attorney that has experience in dog bite cases. Our team at Brooks Injury Law knows the process in dealing with dog bites and they will take the stress off of your hands so that you can focus on your child's recovery.