Children are new to the world of dogs. Many elders have seen little cruisers playing with dogs as they take water or food from a bowl. And of course, we have all seen the dog growl or bark in response. So our dog bite lawyers created this page to try and help solve the problem of dog bites and kids. Last, we wanted to provide a guide for parents needing money for bites, scratches, and killings.
These unexpected events will change the parent and child forever. Typically a chomped or assaulted child has no idea why the dog went rabid. So the fear dogs may remain with victims for the rest of their lives.
Also, this new found fear makes a person even more susceptible to a dog attack. So this raises their adrenaline levels even as adults when a dog approaches.
Fear Triggers Dogs to Fight.
Of course, dogs can sense fear chemicals. In fact, this chemical tells a dog it is about to be attacked. So this means for the rest of their lives, the child is potentially at risk for more skirmishes. The key remains to prevent these attacks.
Ehline Law Firm, Southern California lawyers, offer advice and information on animal attacks happening to children. Call (888) 400-9721 for a consultation. Each year, millions of people are bitten or assailed by dogs. In fact, the Humane Society estimates about 4.7 million individuals in the United States became bite victims.
Statistics are Shocking.
In the past ten years, there have been 26 fatalities attributed to dog attacks. As we told you before, most bites involve a dog the victim knows; often the owner of the dog or a neighbor gets bitten. The majority of bite incidents happen in or near the home of the victim. Half occur on the dog owner’s property.
Triple the Attacks on Kids.
As parents, caregivers, guardians, grandparents, or foster parents, we need to know that attacks on children are triple those of adults. Because children are closer to the dog’s head, the majority of their injuries are to the face and upper body. Also, most child victims are under the age of 13. As a matter of fact, they can easily suffer a wrongful death.
This may be due to the curious nature of children. As a matter of fact, young children may think all dogs are all “cute.” Unfortunately, there are deaths attributed to dog attacks on unsuspecting kids.
About 2/3 of Dog Attack Deaths have been Children.
In over two-thirds of dog attack deaths, the victims have been under ten-years-old. The other third comprises children under one-year of age and sleeping babies. First, it remains easy to point to “dangerous” breeds as a problem.
So bureaucrats love to assume Pit-bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Akitas are the problem. Politicians compare these dogs to "assault weapon," for example. But many small breeds like Pomeranians have harmed children well. So do we ban all dogs?
California cities cannot ban specific breeds of dogs. But a legislative bill could require certain breeds to get spayed or neutered. The rational basis would be making them less aggressive.
But no matter the law or precautions, dog bites occur with the same frequency. Remember, there are no dangerous dogs or breeds, just bad or irresponsible owners.
It Can Happen Anywhere.
Any dog can bite or attack under the right circumstances. Ehline Law Firm knows how to keep your child safe from dog attacks. In our opinion, these guidelines can help make your home accident free. To start, dogs will act more aggressively when in a “pack.”
This means owners should avoid having several dogs (as little as two or more) together around a child or group of children. Also, dogs poorly socialized are more likely to attack. Typically, males are the ones most likely to bite as a show of dominance. But a pregnant female or one with pups is more liable to attack.
Dogs, not spayed or neutered, are more likely to attack. In warmer months, the chance of bits goes up with the number of dogs outside and out on walks. This means more opportunities remain for children to approach an unfamiliar dog.
Attorneys are at Your Service
The owner should always keep the dog on a leash and adequately supervise and warn any children who approach. Dogs should never get chained in a yard or remain left unsupervised with the kids. These tips should be an excellent start to making your kids safer around dogs.
Remember, nothing can protect you from an irresponsible owner such as abusive foster care parents. You need to do what you can to keep your children safe.
If an attack occurs, you need the experienced dog bite lawyers and Child Safety Attorneys at Ehline Law. We can and will help. Call (213) 596-9642 today.
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