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What to know about National Dog Bite Prevention week

Spring will come soon enough. At least that’s what our meteorologists tell us. Once spring comes, it will be time again for outdoor activities and walks in the park. It is almost of an annual tradition of taking dogs to frolic in the park once the snow melts from park grasses.

Nevertheless, the second week of April is focused on protecting children from dogs. Usually children and dogs get along fine. After all, there are 70 million dogs registered as pets across the United States. Invariably, children will be injured through dog bites. Injuries from dog bites are the second most common cause for emergency room visits for kids. For what it’s worth, children are not the only common victims for dog bites. Elderly Americans and postal workers are also susceptible to injuries.

If you believe that dog bite injuries are rare, here is more food for thought. According to the Amercian Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 29,000 reconstructive surgeries were performed in 2016 that were necessary after dog attacks. Additionally, insurers paid out nearly $700 million in claims related to dog bite injuries. As such, it is important to understand the danger behind dog attacks and the importance of preventing them.

Renowned dog trainer Cesar Milan famously said that it is not about training the dog, it is training the people around them. This also suggests that dog owners  have a duty to protect others from a potentially dangerous animal, and that if a breach of that duty results in an injury, the dog owner could be held liable.

If you have questions about your rights and options after a dog attack, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.

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