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Keep your kids safe from dog bites this summer

Did you know that your child is at an increased risk of being bitten by a dog during the summer months? That is according to researchers who say that factors like increased irritability for dogs during the summer and increased time spent outside by kids contribute to a rise in biting incidents.

However, there are steps you can take to protect your kids and prevent dog bites as we head into the summer months.

  • Learn to recognize a dog's warning signs of an attack, like growling or a rigid body with hair standing on end.
  • Keep kids away from houses with potentially dangerous dog breeds, like pit bulls
  • Report any negligent owner who allows a dog to roam free
  • Explain to kids that they should not approach any strange dog, especially if it is unrestrained
  • Teach children not to scare dogs or play rough with them
  • Stay away from a dog's food
  • Approach dogs cautiously and only with permission
  • Avoid running from dogs or screaming around them

Teaching and reminding kids about these prevention methods can be critical, especially now that kids are out of school and more likely to encounter dogs. 

Unfortunately, kids can still be attacked by vicious, dangerous dogs, with or without provocation. Should a dog bite your child, it is crucial that you understand what you can to do hold the appropriate party accountable.

As we discussed in this blog post earlier this year, dog owners are generally going to be liable for damages caused by a dog bit (unless a child was trespassing or mistreating the animal). These damages include medical bills, counseling for an emotionally traumatized child and any other emotional, financial or physical damage suffered by the child or his or her family.

In light of any biting incident, reporting the bite and taking legal action can be critical in preventing future accidents and securing the compensation you and your child need to recover from serious injuries. To discuss your options in more detail, consult an experienced attorney.

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