Dog bite incidents often rise in the spring and summer; sadly, children are the most at risk. Although the reason as to why dog bites peak during this time is uncertain, we can assume it is simply the warmer weather allowing children and dogs to be outside more often.
The most common injuries a child faces when bit by a dog, are bites and scratches to their hands, arms, face and neck. However, dog bites can cause other serious injuries that can debilitate a child’s life. Dog bites can inflict rabies, bacterial infections, tetanus (“lockjaw”) or a viral infection such as herpes simplex virus. It is important to seek necessary medical treatment immediately if your child suffered a severe dog bite.
What you can do to prevent a dog bite incident
When a dog bite occurs, usually the animal is known to the family or individual who sustained the bite. Dog bite injuries often happen as a result of children disturbing dogs while they are sleeping, eating or in general do not wish to be bothered. Teach your children to be gentle and cautious with dogs and avoid bothering them when they seem occupied.
Hot weather can cause dogs to be irritable and behave irrationally. As a dog owner, make sure your dog has plenty of water. Also, keep track of how long you keep your dog outside. High temperatures can not only affect your dog’s behavior but also their health.
Recovering compensation after an injury from a dog bite
If your child has sustained injuries due to a dog bite, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. It is a homeowner’s responsibility to make sure their dog does not cause harm or injury to others. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green to review your rights. Call 412-661-1400 today.
eMedicine Health, “Animal and Human Bites.”