Afraid of your neighbor’s dog? You might have good reason: In the United States, dogs attack about 5 million people every year. And as many of us know, a few breeds of dogs that are very popular in Los Angeles get an especially bad rap. These breeds? Pit bulls and Rottweilers, which, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are responsible for a that a majority of the fatal injuries suffered by dog attack victims. Is there anything you can do to prevent a dangerous dog from attacking you or a loved one? Read on for tips on how to possibly avoid a vicious dog attack…
First, note that many studies show that most people are attacked on private property by a dog they know. This could be at your friend or neighbor’s house or even your relative’s backyard during a family reunion. Second, the most obvious signs of an impending attack include barking and growling. Some dogs salivate when they are under stress and others cower. Also, you know you might be in danger if the dog’s ears are flat or suddenly perk up. A dog wagging its tail may not always mean that it is happy, so be alert. Lastly, if an unfamiliar dog rolls on its back, it may actually be a signal for you to get out of the way.
If a dog has attacked your child or loved one and you’re trying to get the dog off him or her, you are likely making the wound on the victim deeper. Therefore, instead of getting into a tug of war with the dog, take a coat or T-shirt and put it over the dog’s head. When dogs cannot see, they panic, open their mouths and let go.
If someone else’s dog has injured you or a loved, you have legal rights. This can include compensation for injuries suffered. Under California law, dog owners can be held financially responsible for injuries caused by their pets. Speak to an experienced dog bite lawyer in Los Angeles who can advise you regarding your legal rights and potential financial recovery. You want a lawyer who will fight aggressively on your behalf and make sure you/your loved ones are financially taken care of.
For more information on dog bite injures in Los Angeles, contact the skilled trial lawyers at BIKLAW today.