By Pendergast Law on November 1, 2016
Of all the people who might suffer an attack from an aggressive dog, children, especially young children under the age of 10, are the most vulnerable. This is because children have a natural affinity for animals but often are not aware of the special care that must be taken when dealing with unfamiliar animals.
Here are some tips for how parents can help prevent dog bites for their children, courtesy of Positively.com
- Teach your children to stay out of a dog’s personal space when the dog is eating, sleeping, injured, or has puppies.
- Avoid startling or surprising any dog; clearly let a dog know when you are approaching.
- Avoid hugging, kissing, or any activity that puts your child’s face in close proximity to the dog’s face.
- Supervise all interactions between dogs and children and be sure that both the adult and child know the body signs that indicate fear or anxiety.
- When signs of fear or anxiety are observed, stop interactions between child and dog.
- Don’t approach any strange dogs without the owners’ permission.
Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the above advice, dog attacks can still occur. And while these guidelines should be observed by all parents in order to avoid any incidents, dog owners are responsible for making sure that their dog avoids any dangerous situations that might lead to an injury.
If your child has suffered an injury or, in the worst case, a death as a result of a dog attack, you could be entitled to compensation for any or all of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the bite (examples: reconstructive surgeries, skin grafts, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Costs of psychological therapy
- Lost wages a parent incurs while taking the child to doctor appointments, attending surgeries, and home care
- Wrongful death damages should the dog attack result in your child’s death
Unfortunately, determining liability for a dog attack can be difficult, especially if the owner of the dog is denying responsibility. It is imperative that you have someone on your side who fully understands the legal issues involved and can advocate on your behalf.
The Seattle child dog bite injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help ensure that you and your family gets that positive outcome you deserve. Call us today at 888-539-9211 and schedule a free consultation with our professional and caring attorneys.