Child Seriously Injured After Florida Dog Bite

by Carmen Dellutri on April 29, 2013

Dog bite attorney naplesThe serious injury of a Florida child reminds us about the dangers of man’s best friend. According to authorities, the seven-year-old-child was mauled by at least one dog outside of his home. Witnesses described the dogs as bulldogs that weigh from 60 to 70 pounds.

The latest dog bite incident is unfortunately very typical. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites every year; half of these are children. The risk of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years, with boys injured more frequently than girls.

Given the unpredictability of all dogs, even familiar ones, it is important for children to understand from an early age how to keep from being bitten. Below are several important tips:

  • Don’t run past a dog because the dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.
  • If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
  • Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
  • Obtain permission from the owner before petting a dog, and always let a dog see and sniff you before petting the animal.
  • If you think a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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