It happens to both children and adults all the time. Perhaps they’re visiting a friend, playing with their family member’s dog, or they’re simply taking a walk near someone else’s dog. In a short matter of time, a dog can feel threatened, agitated, or protective, which can lead to a painful dog bite for the victim.

Warning Signs of a Dog Bite

Of course, the best way to minimize recovery after a dog bite is to avoid the bite in the first place. This isn’t always possible, but if you can watch for the warning signs from the dog, you may be able to avoid the accident altogether. According to Doggone Safe, dogs tend to provide the following warning signs before a bite:

  • A dog gets up and moves away, or simply turns his head away, from a child
  • A dog looks at you with a pleading expression and you can see the whites of his eyes
  • A dog yawns or licks his chops when a child is approaching or interacting with him
  • A dog starts suddenly scratching, biting, or licking himself

Some of these signs are subtle and may not seem to warn of anything. If you don’t know to watch for them, you may very well approach the dog in an effort to comfort him. This is often when dog bites occur.

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Dog Bite Statistics

In most cases, dogs bite humans when they’re protecting a possession or resting place; protecting their owner; they’re frightened, grumpy, injured, startled, or sick; the dog is still in training; they get overly excited; or they thought the human they bit was their prey.

With so many small details that can lead to a dog getting worked up and ultimately biting a human, it may not be surprising how often dog bites can occur. What often does surprise people, however, is the severity of the injury that dog bites can inflict. A 2010 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found:

  • 316,200 emergency visits in 2008 involved a dog bite
  • The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200 (approximately 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay)
  • Nearly 75% of dog bite-related visits were for patients 44 and younger
  • There were 3 times as many dog bite-related hospital stays in rural areas than there were in urban areas

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, it’s important to know that you have options beyond simply getting mad at the owner who could have prevented it. By seeking the help of experienced attorneys, you can learn about the options available to you and make an informed decision that’s in your best interests. Contact Rinehardt Law Firm for a consultation today.

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