Dogs are famous for being man’s best friend, but a dog bite can cause serious injuries and permanent physical and emotional damage.
According to the New York Department of Health, a dog of any age, breed, or temperament may bite in certain situations. Most dog bites take place at home or other familiar locations, and most victims are children younger than 15 years old.
Here are some ways you can help prevent dog bite injuries, whether you are the parent of a child, the owner of a dog, or both:
- Familiarity – Make sure each family member meets and spends time with a new dog before bringing it into your home. If any family member is afraid of dogs, do not adopt a dog until the frightened person has more comfort and confidence.
- Child Supervision – Stay by children at all times when they are around dogs to prevent child injuries. Watch both the dog and the child and separate them if the pet is becoming annoyed.
- Asking for Owner Permission – Ask before petting the animal. If the owner gives permission, allow the dog to see and sniff you before petting it. Move slowly and gently, and start by petting the dog’s back or sides first.
- Preventing Teasing – A teased dog may grow angry or frustrated, making it more likely to bite.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite or other animal bite, you have legal rights. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, & Halperin, our experienced dog attack victim lawyers in NY can help you protect your legal rights and seek the compensation you need. Call us today at (212) 222-4336 for a free and confidential case evaluation.