We are brining you a story from outside of our usual coverage area because it highlights something we have been pointing out for a while – dogs have the potential to cause major injuries.
Last week, a Galveston woman was severely injured after another dog attacked her as she was walking her own dog. The incident left her requiring surgery, but she is in stable condition.
“She started screaming,” said an eyewitness.
A few bystanders jumped into action, with one stabbing the attacking dog in an attempt to get him to stop. “He was determined to kill,” said one witness of the dog.
While the investigation of this incident is still ongoing, we know that dog bites are not rare in the country. In fact, you may be surprised to find out how common they are.
Do you know what to do if someone else’s negligence causes you harm?
If you need a Dallas dog bite attorney, contact the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde today.
According to the CDC, there are around 4.7 million dog bites that occur each year in the Unites States. We know that numbers seem astounding, but consider that there are millions of dogs in the US.
While most of those bites are minor, around 800,000 of them will require emergency treatment. Sometimes, even a simple bite can become infected. California had the highest number of dog bite claims of any state in the country, though claims are rising throughout the country.
So, why do these bites happen?
Often, dog bites occur because a dog’s owner violates municipal leash laws and allows their pet to wander around other people and dogs with no restraint. This can cause attacks to happen, even if a dog is not normally aggressive.
We also know that there are times when a dog has had a history of aggressive behavior, yet their owner continues to allow them to interact with other people.
In both cases, a dog owner should be held responsible if their dog causes harm to someone else.
We know that dog attacks and bites be particularly devastating, especially for children and the elderly. These two vulnerable groups do not have the same ability to get away from a dog or defend themselves in an attack. Injuries from these attacks can have two consequences: physical harm and emotional harm.
Often, surgery is required to fix dog attack damage. We also know that many people report symptoms of PTSD long after an attack happens to them.
What Are Your Options?
We know that the last thing you think about when you are around a dog is that it may bite or attack you. Unfortunately, you cannot always control the situation. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve if someone else’s negligence has caused you to be harmed by a dog.Read More
Certain dog breeds are very frightening to look at, let alone be attacked by. When you see a dog of a dangerous breed, be it the pit bull or Rottweiler, on a leash with its dog owner, you have at least some sort of reassurance that the dog might not be able to bite you (though, unfortunately, it is not always the case).
But when you encounter a potentially dangerous dog alone, without its owner in sight, things can get out of control quite quickly. A lot of people fail to handle this type of situation properly, which results in a dog attack and can lead to injuries. Today, we invited our Dallas dog bite attorney from the The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to explain what you should do when you encounter a dog without its owner.
Basic safety tips to survive an encounter with a stray dog
There are certain safety tips you should follow in order to survive a scary encounter with a stray dog. “Above all, remain calm and do not panic no matter how difficult it might seem,” advises our lawyer.
Sure, we get it. You could end up severely injured as a result of that encounter. But panicking and losing your calm is counterproductive, as dogs sense fear and are provoked into attacking the “easy prey.”
Let’s imagine that you are taking a walk or jogging in the neighborhood and see a dog quietly staring at you, slowly approaching you, and/or barking and growling with its ears perked up while gazing in your direction. And the worst part is that there is no owner in sight, no person to restrain the dog.
It is now or never, the dog is deciding whether to attack you or let you pass by. And depending on what you do next, you can either end up in the emergency room or forget about this encounter five minutes later.
What you should do when encounter an ownerless dog
If the stray dog is look at you, do not move. Do not step toward the dog when you got its attention. Stand still and avoid any sudden moves. Do not look the dog in the eyes regardless of how far away you are (for a dog, looking straight in the eyes is a threat).
Avoid smiling, screaming, yelling and getting aggressive. You should be talking to the dog in a soft and soothing voice (which is nearly impossible considering the circumstances). Your body language should be calm, friendly and consist of no sudden movements.
What to do when you are attacked by a dog
However, the above safety tips do not help in 100 percent of all situations when you encounter an aggressive dog without its owner. If you cannot prevent the attack, and the dog jumps at you, do not pull away, as this will only encourage the dog to bite you harder.
The best strategy to avoid a dog attack before it is too late is to put your backpack, purse, jacket, or bicycle between you and the dog so that the dog has something to divert its attention (and teeth) to. If the dogs knocks you down to the ground, assume the fetal position by covering your head with your arms.
Legal options after a dog bite to recover damages
Needless to say, it is best to avoid such situations altogether, which is why you should avoid neighborhoods, properties, or areas where you know a dangerous dog might be. If you have seen that dog before, it would not be a bad idea to report that dog to the local authorities.
“However, we all realize that avoidance is not always possible,” says our Dallas dog bite attorney. “Dog owners can act irresponsibly or negligently, and sometimes there is no way to avoid a dog attack.”
Sometimes, no matter how many preventative measures you take, there is no way to avoid a dog attack. If that is the case, and you have been injured after a dog bite, contact the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to find out about your legal options. Get a free consultation by calling at 214-883-1700 or complete this contact form today.Read More