Half of all people injured by dog bites are children under age 14, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With over 4.7 million dog bites occurring each year, that means that 2 million children or more will suffer dog bites nationwide in 2012. Children ages 5 to 9 are particularly likely to be bitten, according to CDC statistics.
Despite these grim figures, many dog bites are preventable. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends the following tips for helping children you care for stay safe from dog bites in Michigan:
- Never leave a baby or a small child alone with a dog. Always supervise them.
- Teach children to ask a dog’s owner each time before they try to pet or play with the dog.
- Approach a new dog with your hand extended for the dog to sniff, before trying to pet or play with the dog. If the dog growls, makes direct eye contact, or expresses another unfriendly gesture, do not touch the dog.
- Teach children that if a dog approaches or tries to chase them, they should stand still and avoid screaming. Teach them to curl into a ball and stay still if a dog knocks them down.
- If kids see a strange dog or a dog acting oddly, they should tell an adult.
At Lipton Law, our experienced dog bite injury lawyers in Southfield can help you and your loved ones seek the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other losses after a dog bites someone. For a free and confidential consultation, call our Southfield office today at (248) 557-1688.