Dog attacks are a frightening experience. After this type of attack, you may be emotionally traumatized and severely injured. For children, these injuries can be fatal. In many states, there are laws in place that hold the pet owner responsible for the behavior if the attack is considered unprovoked, which means the victim hasn’t threatened the dog or provoked the dog into self-defense. The location of the attack bears no weight in this factor. However, some states do allow the dog one “free” bite, which means the owner can’t be held responsible for owning a dangerous dog until after the first attack. However, regardless of when or how you were attacked, be sure to consult with our animal attacks attorney to decide how to proceed.
Minimizing Your Risks
As a pet owner, you can reduce the risk your dog will attack by taking the following steps:
- Getting your pet spayed or neutered
- Avoiding rough play
- Keeping your dog up-to-date on vaccinations
- Completing obedience training classes with your dog
- Don’t leave small children or babies alone with a dog
- Fencing your yard
If you are not a pet owner, there are some basic safety tips you should follow, such as:
- Avoiding strange dogs
- Don’t approach dogs while they’re eating, sleeping or caring for their puppies
- Allow a dog to see and smell you before petting
- Never leave the dog alone with children
- Don’t run, stare a dog in the eye or be aggressive
- Remain still when a dog attacks
- Roll into a ball if you are knocked down
- Seek help quickly if you’re attacked. Get medical attention first, then try to determine the dog’s owner.
If you’re in need of an animal attacks lawyer in Joliet, Mokena, New Lenox, Lockport or Plainfield, contact us. We can help you decide whether you should move forward with your case.