Learn How to Protect Your Children from Dog Bites

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Dog bites present a serious problem for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says dog bites are a greater risk to children than measles, mumps, and whooping cough combined. The law firm of Solomon & Relihan has worked with dog bite victims for over 30 years and we have learned many important tips for preventing dog bites, especially in children. Teaching these tips to your children will greatly decrease your child's likelihood of being bit by a dog.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dog bites pose a greater risk on children’s health than measles, mumps, and whooping cough combined. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that children under 15 years of age are the most common victims, while boys between the ages of five and nine are the most frequent victims. Children account for almost 70 percent of dog bite injuries while they account 79 percent of fatal dog bite injuries.

1-year olds hold the highest number of any age group under 12 for fatalities. They account for 19 percent of unsupervised fatalities. 2-year old children accounted for 11% of dog bite cases. 87 percent of those were fatalities left unsupervised.

Solomon and Relihan is a Phoenix-based law firm that has worked with accident victims of all kinds for over 30 years, including many child dog bite victims. Through working with victims, we have observed some common causes of these incidents and put together some practical, easy-to-use tips for parents and children to prevent dog bites. By following these tips, children will be much less likely to be bitten by a dog.

Preventing Dog Bites For Children

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control suggest to prevent dog bites people should:

  •     Do not wrestle or chase a dog
  •     Do not play fetch games or hide n’ seek alone
  •     Ask the dog’s owner for permission to touch a dog
  •     Do not bother a dog that is eating
  •     Do not be unsupervised with a dog

However, even if your child followed all of these precautions, a negligent owner’s dog can still bite you. If this happens, the owner should be held responsible and Arizona dog bite injury lawyer can help.

Common Location Bites on Children

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Magazine studied common bites on children. They found that the following were the most common locations for dog bites on childrern:

  •     34% Cheeks, Head, Neck
  •     8% Nose and ears
  •     21% Lips

Effects of Dog Bites on Children

  •     The average dog bite would size was 7.15cm on multiple areas, with massive blood loss and trauma.

Contact an Arizona Dog Bite Attorney

If any of dog related injuries occur, fatal or not, the owner should be held responsible and Arizona dog bite injury lawyer can help. Even with prevention, dog bites and attacks occur. If you are unable to prevent a dog bite related injury and as a result, you or a loved one have been the victim of an attack, our Arizona dog bite injury lawyer can help get the compensation you deserve. For more information see http://www.azdogbitefirm.com.

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