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Dogs bite! Watch out this summer

It’s the summer, and that means that there are simply going to be more dogs around. Whether it’s people walking their pets or dogs that have slipped out of their fences, the risk to runners, cyclists, children and others is increased. 

Dogs, on the whole, are friendly animals that have been trained to love human company. Unfortunately, not all of them are kind, and some are aggressive or have a tendency to bite. If you’re bitten by a dog, it’s important that you do hold the owner accountable, so that you can get the compensation you need while seeking medical treatment.

Why would a dog bite?

Dogs bite for any number of reasons. Some common causes of bites include:

  • Biting because they don’t feel well, such as if they have rabies or distemper, are struggling with the heat or are unwell from other causes
  • Situations where dogs think they’re playing but get too excited
  • Being scared or startled
  • Reacting to a stressful situation
  • Defending its perceived territory

Most dogs do give warnings before they attack. For example, the animal may press its ears down, lower its tail and growl. Some may show their teeth. These are signs that you should slowly back away from the animal and try to find a safe place away from it. You can call animal control or reach out to the owner to get the pet back under control. If the pet bites, the owner can be held liable.

If you are bitten, call 911 and have the police come to the scene. You may also want to ask an ambulance to come for you, especially if you will not be able to drive yourself to the hospital. Getting treatment is important for any bite, whether it’s a simple puncture or has caused serious damage. If your injuries are serious, you may need to think about asking for compensation for your losses.

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