Dogs are known as “man’s best friend” but more than 350,000
dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms each year. Some dog bite
injuries can be life threatening and cause lifelong disfigurements. Florida
law states that dog owners can be held strictly liable for the actions
of their dogs, but there are things you can do when interacting with a
dog that lessens the risk of an attack.
Notice The Signs
Aggressive dogs may try to make themselves look bigger while anxious and
scared dogs may try to make themselves look smaller. Noticing a dog’s
body language can greatly reduce the risk of being bitten. Never approach
a dog who is growling, lunging or showcasing any other signs of fear and
If you are caught in a situation involving an unwanted interaction with
an unfamiliar dog, don’t run away. Oftentimes dogs will view this
as an invitation to chase you. The dog will most likely lose interested
if you standing still and calmly but firmly tell the dog “no”
or “go away.”
Give The Dog Some Space
Creating a safe and comfortable environment for a dog reduces the risk
of an attack. Avoid hugging a dog tightly and pushing your face into their
face. You may see it as a sign of affection but few dogs actually enjoy
it and some may resort to lashing out in their own defense.
Keep an Eye on Children
Children account for more than 60 percent of dog bite victims. Children
enjoy exploring their curiosity at a young age but when an unfamiliar
dog is involved, the situation can be potentially dangerous. If you’re
planning to introduce a new dog to the family, teach your child to never
tease a dog by taking away food or toys. If your child wants to pet a
stranger’s dog, always ask the dog’s owner for permission
to pet their dog.
Dog bite injuries can be extremely traumatic and cause permanent damage.
If you’ve suffered injuries from a dog bite, contact our West Palm
Beach dog bite attorney at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. today
to request your