For many of us, it’s hard to imagine life without our furry companions.  Dogs can be wonderful friends and additions to the family.  However, every once in a while, an accident occurs and someone can get bitten.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year (about half of those bitten are children).  About 20% of dog bites are serious enough to require medical attention.  In 2012, over 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery after sustaining dog bite injuries, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Unfortunately, it could be complicated to recover from the owner of a dog who bit you.  Owners of poisonous cobras or tigers (naturally dangerous animals) will always be found liable when their pet attacks someone, but in Alabama, dog owners may be off the hook if their dog had never shown aggression before.  The owner must have already been aware of their dog’s tendencies before they can be held totally responsible, and it can be difficult to prove what an owner knew before the accident.  Interestingly, juries in Alabama can consider whether the breed of the dog – like a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Boxer, or German Shepherd – is enough to ‘warn’ the owner of aggressive propensity.

The best way to keep your family safe around man’s best friend is to pay attention to clues that they are anxious, playful, protective, or excited.  For more dog bite statistics, visit www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics.php

Tips for staying safe around dogs:
– do not approach an unfamiliar dog without permission from its owner
– do not pet any dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first
– do not run from dogs or scream
– avoid direct eye contact with unfamiliar dogs
– if a canine knocks you over, roll into a ball and be as still as you can
– immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior
– do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person and suffered a dog bite injury, contact our top injury lawyers today. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for your, long after this ordeal is over. 205.324.1212

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