SERIOUS DOG BITE CASES INCREASE DURING CORONA VIRUS
As the number of dog adoptions have increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, so have dog bite injuries, according to recent news reports.
In one area, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center saw a 35% increase in dog bite injuries in May compared to last year, according to a press release from the hospital. “Families are spending a lot more time at home with their animals than they have in the past.” The director of animal behavior at the Humane Society recently offered come advice. “Many dogs need their ‘me time’ too — which may be time and space away from the kids. Look for signs that your dog may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed, so you know when they need some alone time. Sometimes they just need one-on-one time with mom or dad.”
Another issue is that more people are adopting dogs right now. Those new dog owners may be getting a dog for the first time and not have experience with training. It is important to train and socialize your dog before exposing it to other people. Or at least warn people and watch the dog carefully.
Our dog bite lawyers have been getting more cases for serious dog bite attack cases recently. Many of our cases involve a child being bit or attacked by a dog. When we take these cases, we go after the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance for payments of medical bills and other compensation for our clients. If you or your child have been attacked by a dog in Minnesota, call us for a free consultation with a lawyer.