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Dogs have long been heralded as man’s best friend, and often with good reason. But in the wrong situation, even the most lovable canine companion can be dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. One in five of those bites results in injuries that require medical attention. About half of all dog bite victims are children. As National Dog Bite Prevention Week draws to a close, now is an appropriate time to consider how to prevent dog bites as well as what to do if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog. Knowing how to behave around dogs—especially dogs you don’t know—can greatly reduce your risk for a dog bite. Basic safety tips for interacting with dogs include:

  • Do not approach unfamiliar dogs
  • When approached by a strange or aggressive dog, remain motionless and calm
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and remain still
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and smell you first
  • Do not tease a dog by pulling its tail, ears or fur

If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, the following steps can help ensure you have grounds for a dog bite injury claim to attempt to obtain the financial compensation you need to recover:

  • Seek medical attention
  • Report the attack
  • Obtain contact information of any witnesses
  • Identify the dog and owner if possible
  • Take photos of your injuries and, if possible, the dog
  • Do not give statements to the dog’s owner or the owner’s insurance company
  • Do not sign insurance company documentation
  • Contact the Mobile dog bite injury attorneys at Long & Long

Because dog bite cases vary based on the circumstances of the bite, the extent of injuries, local regulations and other factors, it’s important to have experienced legal representation if you or a family member has been injured by a dog. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a dog attack, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, dog bite injury attorneys at Long & Long.

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