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Dog Bite Attorneys
Our dog bite lawyers will fight for you to obtain the highest possible settlement to fairly compensate you for injuries due to a dog bite injury. We are trusted, aggressive and experienced attorneys in the Salem area seeking to help dog bite victims.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites pierce the skin and can leave permanent scars and disfigurement. Many bites happen on visible places like the face, hands or arms and can cause embarrassment and humiliation to the dog bite victim. Dogs often attack children and those children suffer mental and emotional trauma following the attack. Dog owners are responsible to keep their dogs under control and to prevent their dogs from biting people. Our dog bite attorneys will ensure that dog owners are held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by their negligence in failing to prevent their dogs from biting innocent victims.
Warning Signs Before a Dog Bites
Noticing warning signs before a dog bites could save you from potential scarring injuries. To protect yourself, always assume that a dog is NOT friendly and will bite. Though it may be tempting to want to pet this fluffy friend, walk away. Many dogs have been trained not to bark or growl which are the obvious signs a dog is in distress or about to bite. For this reason, you must be wary of going near strange dogs even when the owner is present. Be aware of your body language when near a dog by staying calm. The following are five common warning signs before a dog bites.
- A dog is making direct eye contact with you.
- Showing teeth.
- Ears perked.
- Low rumbling growl.
- The tail is up or even wagging stiffly. Many people believe a wagging tail means a dog is happy. Wagging really only indicates high energy.
Tips to Protect Your Kids from Dog Bites
School-age children are old enough to understand basic principles that could help to avoid a dog bite. Consider teaching the following.
- When a dog approaches you, do not run away. Running will only make the dog’s natural instincts want to chase you.
- Let a dog sniff you before you pet it.
- Do not scream or run from a dog.
- Avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs.
- Do not play with a dog without an adult around.
- If a dog is eating, sleeping or tending to puppies, leave the dog alone.
If a Dog Attacks
In the unfortunate situation, a dog attempts to bite you, protect yourself with anything possible. When the dog goes to bite, shove something in his/her mouth before they get to your arm, leg or face. If the dog does bite you avoid pulling away and try not to panic. By yanking yourself away the dog will only bite down harder and cause tearing. Try shoving something else in the dog’s mouth so they will release. This will act as a gag for the dog and they will let go. A dog’s mouth can be dirty. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, be seen by a medical professional to avoid infections. Even a minor bite could lead to many other medical issues.
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney Now
Call an experienced dog bite injury attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm now for a free consultation at (971) 915-4878. Our law firm will fight for you or your child to get fair compensation from a negligent dog owner.
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