There are many types of injuries relating to dog bites, and all of them have the potential to cause serious health complications from infections and scarring. The most common area on the body to suffer a dog bite is the hands, arms, feet, legs, and face. No one should ever put their face down to a dog, even if they are familiar with the animal.
Dogs are unpredictable, and even a pet that we trust can bite when they become frightened, stressed, or hurt. Injuries to the face from a dog bite can lead to disfiguring scars and damage to tissue, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels that cover the face.
When a dog attacks, it is a natural instinct to push the animal away. Injuries such as lacerations, cuts, puncture wounds, and severe scratches can be inflicted on the arms, hands, legs, and feet of a victim as they try to push the animal away. Depending upon the size of the dog, bone fractures can occur when the force and weight of the dog overcomes its victim.
Injuries to the neck are the most dangerous consequences that can occur from a dog bite. In an attack, a dog will often bite the neck area, especially if the victim is a child or an adult that has fallen to the ground. Injuries to veins and arteries in this area can quickly become life threatening when punctured.
If you are attacked by a dog, it is important to protect your head and neck area.
Who is Responsible When a Dog Bites?
Determining who is liable for injuries sustained by a dog bite can be tricky. A dog owner has a legal responsibility to protect the public and visitors from their pets. Failing to take preventive measures can leave them legally responsible for any injuries inflicted by the animal.
Dog owners must always have their dogs secured by a leash or behind a fence on their property. Signs warning that a dog is present give passersby and visitors a warning to proceed with caution when going by or entering onto personal property.
When a dog is taken out in public, it is the owner’s responsibility to restrain the dog on a leash, and if necessary, have a muzzle on a dog that has been known to bite or show aggression. Even when these precautions are taken, dog owners are most often held liable for any injuries caused by their pet’s aggression.
On the other hand, people who ignore the precautions taken by the dog owner, and are bitten as a result, may be responsible for their own actions. Reaching over to pet a dog behind a fence, or bending down to pet an unfamiliar dog despite its owner’s warning most likely puts the liability for injuries on the victim.
New Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Those Injured by Dog Bites Claim Compensation
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