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How to Protect Yourself From Being Bitten by a Dog

Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 25, 2015 in Personal Injury

After being holed up all winter this time of year many people begin to spend more time outside. Dog owners are also more prone to spend time with their dogs outside.

Along with the freedom of once again being out of doors, there are certain risks that arise. One of these risks is being attacked by dogs. Postal carriers and others who go door to door for work are particularly prone to this occurring. Accordingly, the United States Postal Service takes steps to educate mail carriers on how to avoid an animal bite.

The first thing is to be aware of a dog’s body language. Dogs that are fearful or aggressive could be dangerous. A dog that holds its tail is close to its body or tucked between its legs, may be afraid. If a dog’s tail is raised and its legs are stiff, it could be aggressive. When animals display either of these characteristics it is best to not approach them.

Should a dog attack, mail carriers are instructed to resist the urge to run and instead back away. Utilizing his or her satchel as a barrier is a good idea as is having and using repellent.

Many of these tips can be helpful to people of all ages and backgrounds.

When dogs attack the resulting injuries can be devastating and could lead to a long painful period of recovery. In addition, the required treatment can be expensive. In some cases, this could prompt someone to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner to recover financial compensation - possibly with the assistance of a personal injury attorney.