The holidays are a time to get together with friends and family members.
In many of these gatherings, man's best friend is involved. Unfortunately, our pups may not be used to all of the commotion and can get a little spooked. This is when risks for dog bite accidents are highest -- around the holidays.
There were more than 30 people killed by dog attacks in 2011. About 40 percent of these incidents involved more than one dog, too. Family dogs accounted for close to 70 percent of the attacks that resulted in death. Close to 80 percent of these incidents happened on the owner's property and about 30 percent of them resulted in criminal charges. California tied the State of Texas for having then most dog big-related fatalities,.
Our Los Angeles dog bite attorneys are asking you to get ready for the holiday season, whether that means getting more familiar with pups or taking care of yours to make sure they're safe around others. You can help to prevent these accidents. Unfortunately, there are still nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs each and every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About a fifth of these bites require serious medical attention. In just 2006, there were more than 30,000 people who had to undergo reconstructive surgery because of these incidents.
Who faces the most risks for dog bite injuries?
Children who are between the ages of 5 and 9 are most at risk. When these accidents occur, they're also more likely than adults to have to seek medical attention. Adult males are at some pretty serious risks, too! They're more likely than woman to be bitten. Lastly, people who have pups in their home are at higher risks than those who don't have any. As the number of homes with dogs increases, so does the number of related injuries and fatalities. To be specific, a person with a dog is five times more likely to be bitten than someone who doesn't own one.
If you're going to a home with a pup over the holiday season, review the following:
-Never approach a dog that's unfamiliar.
-If you're scared of a dog, never run from it or scream.
-When a dog approaches you, stand still.
-If you get knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still.
-Avoid making direct eye contact with a dog. This is especially important for children.
-Always allow a dog to sniff you before you reach out to pet it.
-Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, caring for its pups or eating.
-If you see a stray dog out there, report it. Call officials. Don't approach it and try to apprehend it yourself.
-Make sure your children know not to play with dogs unless they're supervised by an adult.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite attack, contact Howard Law, PC today and ask for your free case evaluation. Call today at (800) 872-5925.
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