DOG BITE ATTORNEYS INJURED BY A DOG LAWYER
Nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year, half of these are children. One in five dog bites results in an injury serious enough to require medical attention.
Our dog bite lawyers have represented many people who have been bitten by a dog or injured by a dog. The law in Minnesota holds the dog owner strictly liable for any injury caused by their dog. However, there are complicated insurance issues involved in these cases, which is why you should talk to an experienced dog bite attorney after such an incident. Like all animals, dogs are unpredictable. It is not just Pit Bulls and Bulldogs that attack and bite, our MN attorneys have had cases involving many different breeds. The Center For Disease Control has put out some information to reduce the chances of a dog bite or dog attack. Please read this information to avoid a dog bite or being injured by a dog.
Why be concerned about dog bites?
- About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.
- Almost one in five of those who are bitten, about 885,000 people, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries; half of these are children.
- In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by a dog.
Who is at risk?
- Children: Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites.
- Adult Males: Male adults are more likely than female adults to be bitten.
- People with dogs in their homes: Among children and adults, having a dog in the household is associated with a higher incidence of dog bites. As the number of dogs in the home increases, so does the incidence of dog bites. Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs at home.
How can dog bites be prevented?
Any dog of any breed has the potential to bite. Dog bites are a largely preventable public health problem, see the below suggestions for preventing dog bites.
Before you bring a dog into your household:
- Work with a local animal shelter, rescue organization or reputable breeder. They can often help you find breeds and dogs within those breeds that will be a good fit for your household.
- Choose a veterinarian who can help you identify a reputable trainer for your new family member.
- Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog. If a child seems frightened by dogs, wait before bringing a dog into your household. Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into a household with an infant or toddler.
Once you decide to bring a dog into your home:
- Spay/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies).
- Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.
- Don’t play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling).
- Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g., rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling).
- Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible trainers) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors.
Teach children basic safety tips and review them regularly:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not run from a dog or scream.
- Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and be still.
- Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association task force has outlined recommended strategies that communities can undertake for the prevention of dog bites. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are personal injury lawyers in MN with 25 years’ experience helping hundreds of people get full and fair compensation for their injuries. Our lawyers handle many dog bite cases each year for children, workers bitten by a dog, letter carriers, and others injured by a dog or bitten by a dog. A dog bite case is almost always covered by the dog owners’ homeowners insurance. An experienced Minnesota dog bite lawyer is important to help deal with complicated insurance issues and to make sure you are fully compensated for the injury, including scars and future treatment. If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog and would like to speak with an attorney, you can meet us at our offices in Edina, Minneapolis, Woodbury or St. Louis Park. One of our top dog bite attorneys can also meet you at your home in St. Paul MN, Roseville, Forest Lake, Roseville MN, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Lino Lakes, Anoka MN, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Rogers, Chanhassen, Chaska, Apple Valley, Richfield MN, Bloomington Minnesota, Lakeville, Burnsville, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will provide you with a free consultation, we will answer your questions, and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation for your dog bite or dog attack injury.