When I took my sons trick-or-treating on Halloween last week, I made sure that I went with my young sons to knock on the doors. The reason I was going to the doors with my sons was because I wanted to make sure my sons weren’t bitten by dogs in any of the homes. I am not saying that the dogs in the homes would attack my sons; however, dogs are unpredictable. You never know what is going to provoke dogs to attack.
Many may think that I am being over protective, but I have seen many dogs get very excited and/or agitated and try to come outside the home when someone knocks on the door or rings a doorbell. My own dog is like that. When a child rings my doorbell to trick-or-treat or to sell Girl Scout cookies, I keep my dog upstairs in the house so she won’t charge out of the house and jump on the children.
The day after Halloween, I saw on the news that a 12 year old boy who was trick-or-treating was attacked by a dog in Closter, NJ. The boy was bitten by a black lab mix at a house he was trick-or-treating at. According to Closter Police, the dog got between the boy and the homeowner. http://www.nj.com (Dog bites Closter trick-or-treater, 12, on face)
Owners of dogs that attack or bite may be responsible for the victims' injuries. Under Pennsylvania dog law, dog owners may be sued if the dogs were not under proper and adequate control and attacked another person. See related article: What You Need To Know If You Were Attacked And Injured By An Unleashed Dog In Pennsylvania
When children are attacked or bitten by dogs, the recovery may be long and painful. Because children are often the same height as medium to large sized dogs, they are often bitten in the face, which may leave permanent scaring and require multiple reconstructive surgeries down the road.
A tip for parents with kids is to never leave a small child alone with a dog, even with a dog the child knows. Again, no one knows what provokes dogs to attack.
If your child was attacked or bitten by a dog and you want to explore your child’s legal rights, feel free to contact the dog bite injury lawyers at White and Williams for a free initial consultation. 877.944.8396
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