May 16-22 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. These tips can help your child stay safe.
May 16-22 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Dogs bite almost 4.7 million Americans each year. Twenty-percent of dog bite victims, about 885,000 people annually, require medical attention for their injuries. More than 31,000 of these people require reconstructive surgery. About thirty people a year die.
Dog bite losses and damages exceed one billion dollars a year. Over $300 million is paid through home owner insurance claims. In fact, more than one-quarter of home-owner insurance claims involve dog bites.
Dog bite victims range from new born babies to senior citizens. However, most victims are boys between the ages of five and nine. Because they are small, children are often seriously injured in dog bite attacks and are especially likely to suffer injury to the face, neck and head.
The attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie represent dog bite victims in Orange County and throughout Southern California. We’ve put together a list of safety tips to prevent dog bite injury and to help keep your child safe.
Teach your child the following:
• Do not pet or go near a dog that you don’t know.
• Never run screaming from a dog.
• If a strange dog comes up to you, stay still. Pretend you are a rock.
• If you are knocked over by a dog, roll up real tight in a ball and stay still.
• Don’t play with a dog unless a grown-up is watching you.
• If you see a dog that you don’t know or a dog that is acting funny, tell a grown-up.
• Don’t look into the dogs eyes. That scares the dog.
• Don’t bother a dog that is eating, sleeping, or taking care of puppies.
• Don’t pet a dog until it has a chance to sniff you and make sure you are friendly.
• If you get bitten, tell a grown-up right away.
To learn more about what to do after a dog bite, click here.
If your child is bitten by a dog, the Orange County dog-bite injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie can help you get insurance compensation for your child’s medical bills and other damages. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation and to learn more about your rights under California dog bite law.