February is National Responsible Pet Owners Month

February 21, 2018
February is National Responsible Pet Owners Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year. Although it may be hard to believe that dog attacks are such a large problem in the U.S., Floyd Hunter gets calls regularly about Alabama dog attack injuries.

Each year millions of dog attacks occur, resulting in serious dog bite injuries that need to be medically treated.. The cost of treating dog bites can be very expensive, in some cases costing victims two times more than a normal injury-related hospital stay. This means that the average cost of a dog-bite related injury could reach approximately $18,200.

What makes matters even more complicated is that often, dog bites can lead to infections. Each year, 900,000 dog bites become infected. Dog bite-related infections can occur months after a surgery was performed to repair a dog bite injury, leading to more complications down the road. With mounting medical costs and lost wages, who is responsible for the costs of a dog-attack related injury?

When can the dog owner/keeper be held responsible?

  • The injured person did not provoke the dog
  • The injured person was not trespassing
  • The injured person was on the dog’s owner’s/ keeper’s property or had just left the property and was chased off it by the dog

What can cause a dog attack?

  • A dog is possessive of property (toys, food, space, owner, person)
  • A dog is fearful of strangers and unfamiliar situations
  • A dog is in pain
  • A dog has strong maternal instincts towards her puppies
  • A dog is startled by someone jogging or cycling

How can pet owners prevent a dog attack from occurring?

  • Set a Containment Policy
  • Train Your Dog
  • Socialize Your Dog

If you own a dog, it is important to have homeowners or renter’s insurance as a liability in case a dog attack occurs on your property

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury where negligence may have been involved call the caring dog bite lawyers at Graves McLain in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An experienced Tulsa Oklahoma personal injury attorney will speak with you for free and help you find answers.

Call the Tulsa Oklahoma Dog Bite Lawyers at Graves McLain at 918-359-6600. After a serious dog attack, you need an experienced dog bite attorney to fight for you. Call Graves McLain, Tulsa Oklahoma injury lawyers and an experienced lawyer will review the details of your case and determine the best course of action. Contact Graves McLain toll-free at 918-359-6600 email us, or request a free consultation online. A dedicated attorney will review your situation at no cost to you. Trust our team, we are here to help.

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