Dog Bites

Each year, thousands of people are bitten by aggressive dogs. Often children are the victims of these attacks. In extreme cases, dogs have even been known to kill people.
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It is the dog owner's responsibility to keep their pet under control and to prevent their dog from injuring others.

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, you should clean the wound immediately. If the skin has been penetrated or if there is bruising or pain, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you know the owner of the dog you should get confirmation that the dog is up-to-date with its rabies shot and other vaccinations. If you are unfamiliar with the pet or its owner you should contact your local medical facility and get their advice on recommended treatment for a dog bite.

Many factors come into play in dog bite cases. Factors may include:

  • The dog's prior behavior and whether this was the first time the dog has ever bitten someone.
  • Whether you provoked the dog.
  • The breed of dog (some breeds are banned in certain cities).
  • Whether the owner knew or should have known that his dog is aggressive.
  • Whether the dog was allowed to run free.

If you, or someone in your family, was injured by someone else's pet, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to learn whether compensation is warranted in your case.