Of the children bitten by dogs in the United States each year, most of them are between 5 and 9 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children 5 years of age or younger are more likely to provoke dog bites due to the fact that they may be less likely to understand the dog's signals. I see this with my 2 1/2 year old son who has no fear when he sees a big dog barking at him. Rather, he sometimes thinks it's funny and asks to pet the dog.
Research has shown that most dog attacks and injuries to children occur in the summer and on weekends. As a lawyer who represents victims of dog attacks, below are some safety tips for parents to protect kids from dog bites, attacks and injuries:
Pennsylvania's "leash law" requires dogs be under proper and adequate control, i.e., confined to the owner's property or maintained within reasonable control. See related article: What You Need To Know If You Were Attacked And Injured By An Unleashed Dog in Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, many dog owners do not adequately keep their dogs under control. The most common situation is not leashing their dogs. If you have young children and see unleashed dogs, exercise all precaution and pick up your child to decrease the risk of your child getting attacked.
If, however, you or your child was attacked or bitten by an unleashed dog, you may be worried about the medical bills you have incurred and will incur. Feel free to contact me or my colleagues to discuss your concerns. Proper investigation is crucial in dog bite cases, and you will need a seasoned Pennsylvania dog attack/bite lawyer to help you with your case.
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