Statistics show that in 2015, non-family dogs inflicted the majority of dog bite fatalities—59 percent. Nearly one-third, or 32 percent, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog owners when the fatal attacks occurred. Children 9-years-old and younger accounted for 82 percent of these deaths.
Why Dogs Bite
The natural reason why dogs bite is because they feel they are being attacked or challenged. This causes their predatory instincts to come into play. Even play fighting can turn into next level violence if their aggression is pushed enough. Males and children under 9 years of age are often on the receiving end of these attacks.
Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) states that dogs that are stressed or scared may also lash out. For instance, when a dog is ill, his or her temperament may change for the worse. Types of injuries that can be inflicted include bite marks, deep gashes, fatal organ punctures, traumatic brain injuries, and extensive flesh wounds which may result in fatality.
Illinois legal statutes state that the owner, harborer, or keeper of any animal (whether or not a dog) is liable for injuries, whether or not caused by a bite, without negligence on the part of the defendant.
Keys for Prevention
Socialization and education are essential to help lessen the chances of dog attacks. The AVMF recommends that dog owners socializing their dogs so that they feel comfortable in various situations. Beginning at puppyhood, exposure to people, including small children and other animals, will help to make the transition easier. Common sense and courtesy are also important, especially in public places like trails and parks where town ordinances frequently have leash laws. Finally, educating yourself and your children on how to interact with animals is also important. Any contact or behavior with a dog that may be considered threatening, rough, aggressive, or unpredictable should be avoided.
Speak with a Skilled Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog attack, do not treat it lightly. Often fatal, dog bites can also result in long lasting injuries—physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. Lengthy medical stays and treatment can be costly. Therefore, receiving compensation for your injuries is only fair. Based in DuPage County, Mevorah Law Offices LLC is ready to help you today. Contact our skilled DuPage County dog bite attorneys today for free consultation.
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