Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 8:07 am
Sometimes, our domesticated four-legged companions aren’t as friendly or predictable as we may think. Thousands of people across the country will suffer dog bite injuries each year, and some of those will be serious or life-threatening. While many bite injuries are not deadly, all of them can change the life of the victim and the victim’s family. Emotional or psychological trauma should not be underestimated in cases like these.
There is still a lot that many people do not know, when it comes to dogs, dog behavior, and what to do in a situation with a dangerous dog. It’s important to educate yourself on these topics, especially if you have children, so you can contribute to a safer, dog-savvy community.
Avoiding Dog Bite Injuries in Atlanta
You have more power than you may realize, to avoid a potentially-serious situation with a dog. Here are some things that may help you prevent a dog bite injury:
- Always ask first before approaching a dog.
- Notify authorities of any dog wandering loose, or a dog that may be a victim of abuse or neglect.
- Learn to recognize the signs of a stressed, sick, or fearful dog.
- Don’t put your own dog in potentially compromising situations, like those including rowdy children, off-leash dogs, or scary noises/activity.
- Never leave children or elderly people unsupervised with a dog, especially a group of dogs.
Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries
While the vast majority of dog bites are preventable, it’s important to also understand the types of injuries and potential complications of these situations. Most dog-related injuries are relatively minor, like scrapes, scratches, or mild bruising, some may be more serious and require immediate attention:
- If the bite broke the skin, seek medical care right away.
- Some dogs may be carrying diseases such as bacterial or viral infections, which can be transmitted during a bite.
- If you or your loved one were bitten on the neck or face, you may need surgery to correct any scarring or disfigurement.
- Understand that, following a dog bite injury, psychological trauma is common. You may wish to seek counseling services in addition to traditional medical care.
- Occasionally, dog bites may result in severe tissue trauma, blood loss, nerve damage, or other injury.
Regardless of the type of dog involved, and the circumstances surrounding the bite, you should get proper medical attention and alert the appropriate authorities if applicable. And if you wish to speak with a qualified dog bite attorney in Atlanta, we’re here for you. Reach out to us at the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman, to discuss your case.