April 3rd, 2013|
April 3, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 4.7 million individuals sustain a Dog Bite Injury each year. An article from the Kokomo Tribune discusses this growing problem and what citizens can do to prevent being the victim of such an injury.
The story explains how children and the elderly are often the most common victims of dog bite injuries. Many people wonder what causes a canine to feel the need to attack. While experts say some cases involve a lack of properly socializing the animal, more often the animal is just trying to protect itself by eliminating a perceived threat.
So, what can you do to better protect yourself and your family from the dangers of an aggressive dog? It is important to teach children to always ask an owner of a dog if it is okay to pet the animal before approaching it. Furthermore, kids should be instructed to never run from a dog. This can trigger the animal’s instinct to chase and bite. Instead, they should be told to stand still and not make eye contact with the animal.
If a person is bitten, the dog that is responsible for the attack should be reported to animal control immediately.
The law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys are hopeful these tips will help prevent attacks and encourage citizens to safely interact with canines.
August 15th, 2012|
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.