A lot of people are animal lovers and have a dog or cat, or both at home.
Some people have multiple dogs and cats, or other pets, such as birds,
rabbits, and reptiles. As much as we love animals, especially dogs who
are “man’s best friend,” we must remember that they
are animals and they still have the ability to harm us.
Dogs are much like people and if they are not properly socialized, or if
they are not treated well by their owners, they can become skittish and
they can be overly aggressive. Most of the time, dogs can be some of the
most loving animals, but if their owners don’t give them enough
love and affection, or if they are physically abused, they can become
dangerous to others.
Of course, there are some dogs who were born naturally aggressive despite
having a loving owner, but that’s more the exception than the norm.
Regardless of how a dog was raised, it’s the dog’s owner’s
responsibility to ensure that their animal does not harm anyone who is
lawfully allowed to be on public or private property. If a dangerous dog
does bite or attack an innocent person, the dog’s owner can be held
liable for any injuries their dog causes.
Safety Tips Around Dogs
Regardless if a dog came from a shelter and has a questionable past, or
if the dog is happily sitting in the back of a pickup, or if the dog is
roaming around the neighborhood, you
always want to approach dogs with caution, even familiar dogs. Follow these tips
to reduce the chances of being bitten by a dog:
- Don’t pet a dog who is chewing a toy.
- Don’t pet a dog while he or she is eating.
- Don’t pet a dog who is caring for her puppies.
- Ask the owner before petting a strange dog.
- Before petting a strange dog, let the dog sniff you first.
- If a loose dog is roaming, don’t run. Instead, stay still until the
- Don’t pet a strange dog who’s in a car or truck. Dogs protect
the space they are in.
If you follow these above safety tips and you are still bitten or attacked
by a dangerous dog, the dog’s owner may be legally liable for your
damages, such as pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost income.
Dog bites can lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement, and thousands of dollars
in medical bills.
If you are considering a dog bite claim, don’t hesitate to
contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb for a
free case evaluation!