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What can I do to prevent or treat a dog bite?

| Mar 14, 2019 | Animal Bites |

It is unlikely that a domesticated dog with good training attacks another dog or a human being. But it can happen, either when a canine feels threatened or is experiencing some other imbalance. Although there are legal implications for the owner or caretaker of a dog, there are some safety tips that may make any dog attack less hazardous.

What is the best way to prevent a dog bite?

If a dog is acting aggressive, it is often best to ignore the behavior and leave the scene, so the dog does not perceive you as a threat. If the dog approaches striking distance and you cannot escape, it may be best to fend it off. It is unwise to swing an object at a dog; keeping an object like a stick or cane between you and the dog may be more effective.

What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?

The trauma of a puncture wound is bad, but the infection from a dog bite may be worse. Medical professionals recommend pressing gently on the wound, so a small amount of bleeding flushes out bacteria. Washing the wound with soap and water and dressing it with a clean cloth is a good idea if medical treatment is not immediately available. Look out for signs of infection, like redness and swelling.

How can a lawyer help after a dog bite?

The consequences of a dog bite can be expensive, and a dog’s owner may be liable for financial damages. An attorney can help victims of animal attacks seek a jury verdict in civil court or a pretrial settlement.

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