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Eugene Dog Bite Attorneys
The dog bite lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Eugene, Oregon will fight for you to obtain the highest possible settlement to fairly compensate you for injuries due to a dog bite injury. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm are trusted, aggressive and experienced injury attorneys seeking to help dog bite victims in or around Eugene, OR.
Dog Bite Injuries in Eugene, Oregon
Dog bites pierce the skin and can leave permanent scars and disfigurement. Many bites happen on visible places like the face, hands or arms and can cause embarrassment and humiliation to the dog bite victim. Dogs often attack children and those children suffer mental and emotional trauma following the attack. Dog owners are responsible to keep their dogs under control and to prevent their dogs from biting people. Our dog bite attorneys will ensure that dog owners are held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by their negligence in failing to prevent their dogs from biting innocent victims.
The majority of dogs don’t appear threatening. However, DogsBite.org has recorded 283 deaths from a dog bite between 2005 and 2013. Despite being less than 10 percent of the dog population, 75 percent of these attacks were by Pit bulls and Rottweilers. Dog bites pierce the skin and can leave permanent scars and disfigurement. Many bites happen on visible places like the face or hands or arms and can cause embarrassment and humiliation to the dog bite victim. Reports from The Centers for Disease Control showed that 4.5 million people a year are bitten by a dog. Of those, 20 percent needed medical attention and half of the victims were children. Dogs often attack children and those children suffer mental and emotional trauma following the attack. Our dog bite attorneys will ensure that dog owners are held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by their negligence in failing to prevent their dogs from biting innocent victims. Parke Gordon Law Firm wants to see you receive a fair settlement.
5 Common Warning Signs Before a Dog Bites
Noticing warning signs before a dog bites could save you from potential scarring injuries. To protect yourself, always assume that a dog is NOT friendly and will bite. Though it may be tempting to want to pet this fluffy friend, walk away. Many dogs have been trained not to bark or growl which are the obvious signs a dog is in distress or about to bite. For this reason, you must be wary of going near strange dogs even when the owner is present. Be aware of your body language when near a dog by staying calm. The following are five common warning signs before a dog bites.
- The dog is making direct eye contact with you.
- Showing teeth.
- Ears perked.
- Low rumbling growl.
- The dog's tail is up or even wagging stiffly. Many people believe a wagging tail means a dog is happy. Wagging really only indicates high energy.
What to Do if a Dog Attacks
In the unfortunate situation, a dog attempts to bite you, protect yourself with anything possible. When the dog goes to bite, shove something in his/her mouth before they get to your arm, leg or face. If the dog does bite you, avoid pulling away and try not to panic. By yanking yourself away the dog will only bite down harder and cause tearing. Try shoving something else in the dog’s mouth so they will release. This will act as a gag for the dog and they will let go. A dog’s mouth can be dirty. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, be seen by a medical professional to avoid infections. Even a minor bite could lead to many other medical issues.
Immediately After a Dog Bite Occurs
There are several reasons a dog may bite such as a puppy teething or a dog defending his territory. No matter the reason, if it is a significant injury the owner needs to be held responsible. Follow these simple steps immediately after a dog bite for your safety.
- Seek medical attention immediately. If you are losing a lot of blood, call 911 immediately.
- When possible, find out the kind of dog that bit you as well as who the owner is. Knowing the dog owner can help determine if you will need rabies shots.
- See a doctor or visit the emergency room if necessary. Not every dog bite needs immediate attention. However, it is never a bad idea just to be safe. Approximately 15 percent of dog bite wounds become infected.
- Gather the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the dog bite. Their testimonial could help with your case later.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions to heal properly.
- Do not talk to the insurance company of the dog owner or discuss who was responsible for the dog bite with the dog owner.
Tips to Protect Your Kids from Dog Bites
Protect your kids from dog bites by teaching precautions around dogs. As the weather gets warmer more dogs will be outside. It is important to teach your kids safety precautions around dogs to avoid a dog bite. An estimated 4 million dog bites occur yearly. Of these nearly 800,000 end up in the hospital with injuries. Nearly half of these are children. Had these kids been properly educated, these dog bite injuries may have been prevented.
School-age children are old enough to understand basic principles that could help to avoid a dog bite. Consider teaching the following.
- When a dog approaches you, do not run away. Running will only make the dog’s natural instincts want to chase you.
- Let a dog sniff you before you pet it.
- Do not scream or run from a dog.
- Avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs.
- Do not play with a dog without an adult around.
- If a dog is eating, sleeping or tending to puppies, leave the dog alone.
Common Reasons a Dog Bites
There are several reasons a dog could bite. A pet owner is liable for the actions of their dog, especially after a dog bite. It is important for dog owners to understand dogs are pack animals. Much of a dog’s behavior is based on pack instincts. Before introducing a dog to an area with young children, pet owner’s need to understand this concept.
A few common reasons for a dog to bite include the dog feeling:
- Views a child as prey
Most dog bite injuries are from dogs that are familiar with the child.
Contact a Eugene Dog Bite Injury Attorney Now
Call a dog bite injury attorney in Eugene at Parke Gordon Law Firm now for a free consultation at (541) 485-4878. We will fight for you or your child to get fair compensation from a negligent dog owner. Parke Gordon Law Firm attorneys work on a contingency fee. That means you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call (541) 485-4878 now to get started on your case!
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