Most dogs are sweet, affectionate members of our families, but there are some who are capable of inflicting severe, sometimes permanent damage that can result in a personal injury claim. Fortunately, very few dogs attack without warning, so knowing the signs of a nervous or aggressive animal can help you avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Below are a few tips for responding to an aggressive dog.
Recognizing Signs of Aggression
Some of the most common signs of aggression are also the most obvious. Bared teeth, snarling, and continuous barking are usually warnings that you should stay away.
However, some signs are much more subtle, like pinned-back ears and a stiff body posture. Many dogs react aggressively out of fear, so refusing to make eye contact and turning away could precede an attack.
How to React
Dogs exhibit aggressive behavior as a warning, so responding appropriately can often prevent an incident. First, never make eye contact with a strange dog as they might consider this a challenge. Next, although you might be afraid, never run away. This can trigger the animal’s predator instinct, causing them to chase and bite.
If it seems like the dog is ready to attack, put something like a handbag or jacket between you and the animal. If they bite it, let them have it and take the opportunity to get away.
When to File a Personal Injury Claim
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you’ve been treated, call your local animal control office. They will try to locate the dog and its owner. After filing a report with the authorities, speak to an attorney about filing a personal injury claim for your medical care, lost wages, and any other damages you’ve suffered as a result of the attack.
If you’ve been bitten by someone else’s aggressive dog, the attorneys at Kidwell & Gallagher have the experience and resources to recover the compensation you deserve. Based out of Elko, they’ve been serving victims throughout the state of Nevada for over 20 years, delivering award-winning service that has earned them recognition as one of the nation’s top law firms. Visit their website to learn how they can help with your personal injury claim. Call (775) 738-1000 to schedule a consultation with a member of their team.