Every year over 600 Florida residents are hospitalized as a result of dog bites/attacks. Children between the ages of 1 and 9 have the highest likelihood of being attacked by dogs with their size making it easier for them to be bitten in the head or neck.
Kids love to play with dogs, but might not know what they are doing can be dangerous. Before the next time you take your kids out to a park or any other place where they might encounter strange dogs, go over this list from the Florida Disease Control and Health Protection with them.
Safety tips for adults and children:
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Never run from a dog and never scream around a dog.
- If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
- If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball, cover your face and stay still.
- Children should never approach or play with dogs unless supervised by an adult.
- Children should tell an adult if they see a stray dog or a dog acting strangely.
- Don’t look a dog right in the eyes.
- Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Adults should never leave an infant or young child alone with any dog, not even the family pet
If you or your child is a victim of a dog attack, it is important to clean the bite area with soap and water right away to reduce the risk of infection. Medical care should be sought as required to ensure all vaccinations are up to date as well. When your health is assured, contact an experienced animal attack attorney at Wolf & Pravato so we can help and get you what you deserve.