August 15, 2012
An 8-year-old girl from Liberty Township, Indiana, is still recovering from an attack by a neighbor’s dog. According to the Northwest Indiana Times, the incident took place on Monday, June 18, outside the dog owner’s home.
Deputies with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department stated that the child entered the backyard of the home where the dog lived and was attacked moments later despite having played with the animal before. The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment to lacerations on her legs, face, and ear suffered during the Indiana Dog Bite incident.
Doctors have now determined that the child has suffered nerve damage in her face and will likely lose sensation in the area surround the bite. Surgery may be able to fuse the nerves and allow the child to recover.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites injure roughly 4.5 million people per year in the United States, requiring one in five of these individuals to seek medical attention.
This is why the Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it’s so important to teach children how to be safe around strange dogs. Children should be instructed to never pet an animal without receiving permission from its owner first. Also, a child should never be allowed to play with a dog without direct supervision from both a parent and the dog’s owner.
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