It is not uncommon for children to make mistakes when approaching a dog. It could be a dog they’ve never met before or one that they frequently interact with. In many cases, children are injured by dogs that they know very well, but made a mistake with. For this reason, dog bite injuries to children are known for taking everyone by surprise. When a child doesn’t know a dog, it might not occur to him or her that the dog could be dangerous. They may approach a dog that is likely to attack or bite without realizing it. Further, whether the child knows the dog or not, he or she is likely to make the mistake of approaching the animal without caution, potentially scaring or hurting the pet. Today, we’ll look at how parents, caregivers, and pet owners can all prevent dog bite and attack injuries to children. Then, we’ll look at what you can do if your child has been injured by a dog in Savannah, Georgia.
What Parents and Guardians of Children Can Do To Prevent Dog Bite and Attack Injuries
Parents and guardians of children in Savannah, Georgia, need to know how to prevent dog bite and attack injuries. To prevent such injuries from ever occurring, you need to talk to your children about the fact that not all dogs are safe and that even the well known pets can respond aggressively to certain behavior. You can teach children to never approach any animal without permission. You can also teach them how to approach an animal, whether they know the pet well or whether it’s their first meeting. Some ways that a child can safely approach a pet, once they have permission, include approaching slowly and allowing the dog to sniff their hand before attempting to pet them.
Yet, encountering a dog with permission and willingly is not the only thing that kids need to learn about preventing injury. There are many dog bite cases where the child did not approach the animal and actually did nothing to cause the attack. Sometimes, children are caught off guard when they suddenly find themselves in the presence of an aggressive animal. If this happens to your child, then they need to know what they can do to ensure their own safety.
To start with, children should know how to recognize that a dog is aggressive. The dog may be standing in a tense position, baring its teeth, or growling. The dog might be doing none of these things, but could still be dangerous. If a dog is not on a leash and/or is behaving aggressively, then your child may have little chance to escape. Teach the child what to do in this kind of situation to improve their likelihood of getting away unharmed. The child must know how to avoid panicking and should understand that running might cause the dog to chase them and catch them. It is better to avoid making any sudden movements and to back away slowly and cautiously. The child should know not to make eye contact with the animal and not to shout or scream.
Of course, not all children are old enough to understand these concepts or behave appropriately with a strange dog or a well loved dog. This is where parents have to be extra cautious, ensuring that the child never comes into contact with any dogs when there is not an adult present. Having said that, even very young children can be taught to be kind to animals. It is best to teach the child at a young age with a dog who is known to be friendly. If the child hits the dog, teach them to ‘be nice,’ showing them how to pet a dog gently, rather than hurting the pet. The child may not catch on right away, but starting from an early age can teach a child to respect animals throughout their life.
What Dog Owners Can Do To Prevent Dog Bite and Attack Injuries to Children
If you own a dog, you need to know that you will be accountable for any harm that the dog causes to anyone else. The potential of liability and a lawsuit is just one reason to prevent your dog from harming a child. A bigger reason is that you would not want to be responsible for harm coming to a child at all. To prevent your dog from biting or attacking a child or anyone else, you should ensure that the pet is always restrained by a leash or a fence. You should also ensure that your dog is well trained, that the pet doesn’t jump on anyone, and that he or she is never violent or aggressive. If you are not sure of how your dog will respond to children, then do not give children permission to pet him.
Was Your Child the Victim of a Dog Bite or Attack in Savannah, Georgia?
If your child has already been injured by a dog bite or attack in Savannah, Georgia, then you need to know what steps you can take to pursue compensation for damages. Your child may need significant medical treatment to recover from such an injury, and he or she may be completely traumatized by the event. In the worst case scenarios, a child may even be killed by a dog attack. It is also possible for an injured child to end up with infections of their wounds.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will be able to recover compensation for the injuries that your child suffered. If the owner of the dog had no reason to believe that the dog was dangerous, then the one bite rule may apply, as Georgia is not a strict liability state for dog bites and attacks. This means that the dog can bite someone one time without the owner being liable for the consequences. To recover compensation in a dog bite personal injury claim in Savannah, Georgia, you are going to have to provide evidence that the owner of the dog was negligent, knew the dog was dangerous, and/or failed to restrain the dog. In some cases, you may have more ground to stand on if a leash law was violated.
To get the best outcome in any personal injury claim, contact a skilled Savannah, Georgia, personal injury lawyer at the Bader Law Firm to learn more about your rights and the requirements of proving your case.