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Pet ownership in the United States continues to grow. According to the 2023-2024 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 66% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 86.9 million households. Of those, 65.1 million come home to the wagging tail of a dog. Unfortunately, that means the chance for a dog bite occurring has also increased— with more than 800,000 requiring medical attention and with children being the most likely victims.
One of the major reasons why dogs bite is that people, especially children, don’t know how to read a dog’s body language or know the proper way to respond. Since there is no guarantee that a pet’s owner has trained or socialized his or her dog, education is essential to keeping children safe from dog bites.
Teach kids to:
Most importantly, teach kids what to do when a dog becomes unfriendly.
Dog bites can inflict serious damage. With kids, the majority of injuries occur to the neck and face and can result in visible scars and disfigurement. Dog bites are typically life altering and very traumatic events.
Depending on the type of injury sustained, your child may need ongoing medical treatment such as physical or occupational therapy or even trauma counseling long after the dog bite occurred.
In most cases, a pet’s owner is liable for a pet’s actions, meaning that you may be entitled to receive compensation from the owner or his or her insurance company for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Obtaining the assistance of a personal injury attorney will help you cover all your bases.
At Nash & Franciskato, we understand dog bite laws and negligence factors that will help you recover compensation for your child’s injuries. Contact us at (877) 284-6600 and one of our experienced staff will provide you with a free, no-obligation case review of your case.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published June 19, 2015. It was reviewed on March 29, 2023 and updated for content and accuracy.