Reduce, Defending Against and Treating Dog Attacks


Shepherd attacks man.
Shepherd attacks a man at a dog show.

[Content Updated Feb 7, 2021] – Joggers, cyclists, and others on foot are always at risk for a dog assault. Attorney Michael Ehline explains everything consumers must know to stay safe from dog mauling.

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How Do You Reduce Risk of Dog Attack Injuries?

It would help if you learned how to lessen the risk of or thwart dog bites when confronted with a dog on the attack. Many people are bitten and mauled in the face, arms, legs, and hands by dangerous growling, snarling dogs every year in the State of California. In California counties like Orange County, chop downs on an arm or leg can happen due to the close quarters of Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach, or “Dog Beach.” Some dog bites in Los Angeles randomly occur while you are enjoying a walk on the boardwalk in Santa Monica. Then, out of the blue, an unleashed dog bites you.


Many of these dog attacks result in severe harm or mayhem to individuals and their children. And the physical and emotional scars may remain forever from these onslaughts. First, you need to understand there are many reasons dog attacks occur. But you can reduce your risk of a dog bite using proper precautions.

Many cases like this end up in a law court with multiple parties fighting over who should pay you for your disfigurement, pain, and suffering. No one wins in the end. Education is the first step in having a hassle-free experience with a man’s best friend and a wolf’s descendant.

Don’t Encourage A Dog to Viciously Encounter You!

Number one, never taunt a dog, especially when it is chained up. Invading a leashed dog’s territory may be perceived as a threat and be avoided altogether.

TIP: If the dog is lying down, you should always avoid approaching or bending over the animal.

DANGER!: Teasing or waking a tethered dog from slumber should also be avoided. 


How Do I Prevent A Dog Mauling?

  • Keep your face away from the dog’s face.
  • Stay away from dogs you don’t know or recognize.
  • Never shock or surprise a dog.
  • Don’t leave your child unattended around dogs.
  • Never pass off aggressive behavior as “normal.”
  • Always let a dog sniff you before petting the dog.
  • Never dart toward a dog’s face.

What Must I Do If I Feel Threatened or Think A Dog Attack Is Imminent?

  • You must never scream, yell, or run from the canine as this can cause it to set upon you.
  • You must avoid staring at the dog or extending your gaze into the animal’s eyes as this could make the animal take the offensive.
  • If a large dog knocks you over, assume the fetal position, protecting your head and neck.

What Else Can I Do After A Dog Bite?

There are vital steps to take after a canine bite to ensure the health and protection of the victim’s legal rights.

  • Get to the hospital. After being bitten by a dog, minor injury or not, you must seek medical care. If you suffer a severe infection, your damage may turn into a critical health issue. Medical documentation will be crucial evidence to winning damages, and sometimes victims can use pet owner’s homeowner’s insurance to recover damages. But for a victim to obtain full and fair compensation, they must deal with an insurance company to seek reimbursement for their medical and other expenses like economic damages.
  • Locate the Dog’s Owner. If the dog bite is not a big deal, it remains crucial to find the canine’s owner. Tell them their dog just bit you and inquire about their dog’s shots, especially rabies shots. If you cannot locate the dog owner, animal control and the police may help you locate them.
  • File a police report. Now you will have official documentation. If your friend or relative owns the canine in question, filing a police report may not be necessary.
  • Seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. Get someone experienced in this area of the law. At a minimum, a dog bite attorney specialist should evaluate your claim to determine your best course of legal action, being financial compensation recovery experts.
  • Do preserve your clothing and any other evidence from the dog bite attack and never launder the garment.
  • Do obtain witness names and contact information if the harm is not severe.

In addition to the above tips, you can go here to learn more about what you can do to prevent diseases after a dog attack.

What Must Victims Never Do During A Dog Attack?

After a canine attack, there are some things victims should avoid. Some actions could harm their claim, meaning they will receive lower settlement amounts or no settlement at all.

  • When speaking to insurance company representatives of the pet owner, do not offer information. Answer the questions truthfully without volunteering extra information. Any information you provide to the insurance company adjuster helps them determine the settlement amount offered.
  • Do not admit fault in the incident. Consult an accomplished dog bite injury attorney who can determine your amount of error, if any. When you admit guilt to an insurance company adjuster, you can kill your case, with admissions like this often resulting in outright liability denial or settlement reduction.
  • Do not delay consulting a dog bite attack lawyer. Avoid any delay because a statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims remains. But there are other reasons to act quickly, including avoiding deterioration of evidence, fading of witness memories, or problems locating witnesses later.

What Are Some Dog Owner Tips Reducing Dog Bite Risks?

If you own a dog, it is your responsibility as a prideful dog owner to make sure that your dog does not pose a danger or mauling threat to other individuals or their children.

Following these basic guidelines should help reduce your risk:

  • Spay or neuter your dog
  • Avoid aggressive attack dog training.
  • Avoid rough-housing
  • Leash your dog at all times outside the home in an area your dog cannot grab hold of a passerby with its teeth or claws.
  • But especially around children, never leave your dog unattended. In any case, it can quickly overwhelm an innocent.
  • Please do not allow your dog to roam freely and keep it in a fenced and gated yard.

If you were knocked for a loop or masticated by a dog, you deserve to receive expert medical attention. But dog bite victims must immediately consult with a severe injury legal advocate to protect their rights so they can afford this new, unwanted medical treatment. Ehline Law Firm employs the very best Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, and we await your call 24/7 at (213) 596-9642. Accident victims can also fill our convenient online contact for an even faster response from a personal injury law legal representative.

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