Personal Injuries from Dog Bites

October 24, 2013

In a recent report released by the United States Postal Service, they ranked the top 25 cities nationwide for dog-bite attacks on USPS workers. According to the postal service, Buffalo, New York, ranks 18th on the list.

The USPS also points out that it is not only letter carriers that suffer personal injury due to dog bite attacks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites each year. To avoid dog attacks, it is important to take precautions such as:

  • Never run past a dog
  • Never approach a strange dog
  • Avoid eye contact with a threatening dog
  • Never disturb a dog eating, sleeping or caring for puppies
  • Obtain permission from the owner to pet the dog

Dog owners can also take steps to prevent their pets from attacking others. These steps include obtaining obedience training for dogs, keeping dogs restrained, spaying or neutering dogs and handling dogs regularly.

If a dog bite occurs, it is important to wash the area thoroughly and apply antiseptic lotion or cream. If signs of infection appear, seek care from a medical professional. If a dog bite leaves a deep puncture wound, in addition to cleaning the area, it is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor in case antibiotics or vaccinations are required. The doctor can also provide assistance and direction for reporting the incident to the proper authorities.

If you have ever suffered a personal injury from a dog bite, it is also important you contact a personal injury attorney because you may be entitled to compensation.  Call us at 716-400-000.