I was at a holiday party this past weekend where one of my friends told me about a common dog bite accident scenario that I see in our personal injury practice. She was telling me about a friend’s young daughter who was knocked over by her grandmother’s dog. The dog then tried to bite the young girl, but the mother fortunately intervened, and the girl was not bitten by the dog.
This is not an uncommon dog attack scenario. Our PA and NJ personal injury lawyers have seen many of these types of dog attack cases and have helped dog attack victims obtain financial compensation.
Many young children who are attacked or bitten by dogs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are attacked by dogs they know, i.e., a grandparent’s dog, an aunt’s dog or even a dog living in the home. In fact, these types of dog attacks are reported in the media very often.
Earlier this month, a 3 month old baby girl died after being attacked by her family’s dogs. She sadly died of internal injuries due to dog bites. Officials say the mother found the baby laying on the floor next to the couch where the father was asleep. The baby had fallen off the couch. *Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com(3-Month-Old Girl Dies By Bites From Ohio Family's Dogs)
In the same week, a 2 year old Chicago girl died as a result of her injuries from a dog attack at her grandfather’s home. The girl was left unattended with the dog. *Source: www.guardianlv.com(Chicago Girl, 2, Dies as Result of Dog Attack)
Parents with young children and caregivers should follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent dog attacks in homes of people they know. See www.cdc.gov.
Some of the guidelines include:
If parents with young children are considering getting a family dog, make sure the dog does not have a history of aggression. Make sure that the breed of dog is a good fit for a family.
When children are bitten and attacked by dogs they know, they may be able to recover for their injuries and damages from the dogs’ owners. There may also be other parties responsible for the attack, such as breeders and/or trainers.
Parents may feel guilty for bringing a lawsuit against a relative or a friend, but they need to keep their child’s best interests at heart. Dog attacks may leave permanent scarring, physically and emotionally. Moreover, children often need multiple reconstructive surgeries as they get older. Therefore, parents who are on the fence about bringing a lawsuit on behalf of their child should talk to a dog bite injury to discuss their options.
If your child was bitten and attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, feel free to call the dog bite injury lawyers at White and Williams for a free initial consultation. 877.944.8396
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