In the united states alone, nearly 5 million people are attacked by dogs every year

In the United States alone, nearly 5 million people are attacked by dogs every year. About 1,000 dog bite victims go to hospital emergency rooms every day. Many of them are children, but adults are also very often victims of brutal dog attacks. In Washington State, it is the responsibility of a dog owner to keep his or her pet restrained and make sure that it doesn’t pose a threat to neighbors. However, as a Washington personal injury attorney, Kirk Bernard knows some simple steps you can take to prevent a dog attack or prevent being injured as a result of a dog attack:

  1. Avoid smiling at a dog – You may think you are being friendly, but a dog may see you baring your teeth as an invitation for a fight.
  2. Do not taunt, tease or provoke a dog in any way – Stay away from dogs that are chained for extended periods of time because they are more likely to be aggressive.
  3. Don’t get misled by breeds – Don’t let your guard down because of the size or breed of dog.
  4. Observe a dog’s body language – If the animal approaches you with its head held high or low, it is probably not going to attack. If a dog holds its head level, it means business. A loping gait, for example, suggests that a dog is playful. On the other hand, an even steady run is something you should watch out for.
  5. Remain calm – If you panic, it might encourage the dog to attack you. Instead take control of the situation. An order such as “sit” or “go home” may buy you some time to back away and escape. Never run. If you do so, an aggressive dog will chase you and very likely outrun you.
  6. Do not appear threatening to a dog – Instead hold your position and wait for the dog to make its move. If there is no way to avoid a physical attack curl into a fetal position and use your arms and legs to protect your face and neck. Do not scream.
  7. Do not hit a dog on the head because they generally have thick skulls – You won’t be able to hurt them, but you may end up angering them some more.

If you do get bitten, get immediate medical attention. Contact the dog’s owner and your local animal control authorities.

If you are a dog bite victim in Washington State, you should definitely get in touch with an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer to make sure your legal rights are protected. Please contact The Bernard Law Group at 1-800-418-8282 or for a FREE comprehensive and confidential consultation and case evaluation. We can also send you our FREE informational brochure about dog bite cases, which has useful educational information that will help you understand your legal rights and options as a victim. Get in touch with Kirk Bernard and his skilled legal team today.

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