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What Can You Do to Avoid an Animal Attack or Dog Bite?

What Can You Do to Avoid an Animal Attack or Dog Bite?

Dog bites can cause serious injuries, and owners are liable for damages. However, understanding when a dog is about to attack or is prone to biting can help you and your loved ones avoid dog bites. In the event that you suffer a serious dog bite injury, a Jacksonville dog bite lawyer can help you hold responsible parties accountable.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that children between the ages of five and nine are most at risk for dog bites. Educating children about how to act around dogs can be a good preventative measure against being bitten. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the best ways to avoid dog bites are to follow this advice:

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially when it is chained or behind a fence
  • Always let the dog see and sniff you first before petting it
  • Do not turn your back on a dog and run away
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy or nursing puppies
  • Avoid any urge to scream or run away
  • When a strange dog approaches, remain motionless with your hands at your sides and avoid eye contact
  • After the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until the dog is out of your sight
  • In an attack, put something between you and the dog, such as a jacket, bicycle, purse, etc.
  • If knocked to the ground, curl into a ball, cover your ears with your hands and remain motionless

When you or a loved one suffers serious injury from a dog bite, consult with a dog bites attorney in Jacksonville about legal recourse.

The Gillette Law Firm can explain your rights under Florida law and help you recover compensation.

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