Young children continue to be the most vulnerable victims of dog bites and attacks across the country. Often times, the child is bitten by the family dog.
Just last Tuesday in Hertford, N.C., a 10-month-old boy was tragically killed by his grandparents' family dog, a pit-bull mix.
According to the news, the baby was under the grandmother's care at the time of the attack. The child was bitten multiple times. The grandmother tried to intervene, but was injured as well.
The grandmother said, "the dog had never shown aggression toward the baby." However, the dog had previously bitten an older boy in the home.
Being a dog bite injury lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I have helped young children who were attacked by family dogs. Just like the grandmother in this situation, the parents or the child's caretakers often say that they never saw the dogs show any aggression toward the children or babies.
Just because the dogs have never shown aggression toward young children, you do not know what would provoke a dog to attack. Parents and caretakers have to be extra cautious when there is a dog in the home with young children. Young children should not be left alone with dogs, despite the fact that you think the dog would not attack.
Young kids are especially vulnerable to being attacked and bitten in the face because of their height. Facial injuries can leave permanent scarring and also emotional scarring for the children.
Children who are attacked by dogs may have legal rights to recover damages such as:
Even if the children are attacked at a family home, they still have rights. Don't wait to talk to an experienced PA dog bite injury lawyer about your child's injuries. As parents, you have to do what is in the best interest of your child. Feel free to contact us for information. 877.944.8396
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