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Recent Dog Attacks Reminds NY Residents to Be Cautious Around Dogs

Published November 3, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The Humane Society of the United States reports there are nearly 78 million dogs owned by Americans. In addition, nearly 40% of all US homes own at least one dog as a pet. Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” and are treated like one of the family, but sometimes family pets can suddenly attack unsuspecting family members or neighbors leaving them with serious, life-threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, vicious dog attacks occur all too often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that close to 5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five of those bites results in injuries that require medical attention. The incidence of dog bite injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years old, according to the CDC statistics. Approximately two-thirds of dog bite injuries to children four years and younger are to the head and neck.

Our New York dog bite injury attorneys encourage parents and adults in Binghamton to keep a cautious eye on dogs when around children. Even dogs that are described as “sweet” can turn on a child, seemingly unprovoked.

In August this year a two-year-old from Watertown, NY became another dog-bite statistic by a dog described by his owner as a “big teddy bear.” The Watertown Daily reports a toddler was attacked by an American bulldog while attending the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Farm and Craft Market. The child suffered serious injuries to his face requiring emergency treatment, followed by plastic and reconstructive surgery. The owner of the dog was cited for having an unlicensed dog that “caused a personal injury.”

Trained professionals can also fall victim to an unprovoked attack. A police officer was bitten by a dog Monday morning in Rochester, NY, according to WHAM. The policeman was responding to the scene where he heard a woman screaming for help. When the policeman approached he found one dog on a leash and another loose that then bit him on the leg. The policeman shot and injured the animal, and cited the owner of the dog for having an unlicensed dog. The dog was turned over to the city’s animal control.

In New York, dog owners can be held liable for medical or veterinary costs due to injuries sustained from an attack by their dog or other pet. The pet owner may also be held liable if proper steps were not taken to prevent injuries caused by a vicious dog.

Follow these tips offered by CDC to prevent dog bite injuries:

  • Infants and young children should never be left alone with a dog.
  • Do not play aggressive games with your dog.
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors such as rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling.
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children.

Contact Our Binghamton Injury Law Attorneys Today

Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a dog bite in New York, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering your health, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your injury. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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