What to Consider if You Have Been Bitten by an Aggressive Dog
Besides cats, dogs are some of the most popular pets in our country, and, after just one look at these amazing animals, it’s easy to see why. With their big brown (or blue) eyes, wagging tails, and cheerful personalities, these canines have pretty much become the glue of families and are often treated like equals in lines of work (just ask the owners of Newfoundland and German Shepherd rescue dogs). While they might be friendly, though, dogs are still animals and can inflict tremendous damage on their victims, resulting in tragic dog bite cases. If you have been bitten by a dog, you will no doubt feel absolutely terrified, as these situations are notoriously traumatic. Here is a closer look at what to consider if you have suffered from this accident.
DUTIES OF DOG OWNERS IN DELAWARE
As dictated by Delaware Statute Chapter 428.908 (a), owners and custodians may not allow their dogs to run at large during any time of the day, month, or year unless this person accompanies the animal (or the owner has been licensed to do so for specific reasons, as ordered by the state). As subsection-b dictates, owners must confine their dogs to enclosures (from which he/she can’t escape), secured collar and leash, or restraints for hunting purposes.
In the event that an owner allows his/her dog to roam freely and this animal bites a victim, the owner will be forced to pay a fine of $100 ($500 at most), and that fine will increase to $750 for subsequent offenses.
FACTS ABOUT DOG BITES
Here is a closer look at the frequency of dog bites on a yearly basis:
- Each year, 4.5 million people are bitten by unrestrained dogs.
- Out of the 1 in 5 people who are bitten, 885,000 seek medical care for their injuries.
- 50% of these victims are young children.
In the State of Delaware, officials documented 2,290 dog bites in 2016 alone:
- New Castle County: 1,063 victims
- Sussex County: 528 victims
- Kent County: 425 victims
While certain breeds (such as pit bulls and Rottweilers) have been designated as high-risk dogs, keep in mind that any breed of dog can bite out of fear or aggression at any time. Tragically, some of the happiest and most loving dogs can ferociously bite if they are frightened.
HOW TO PREVENT DOG BITES
Here are some tips for how you and your loved ones can prevent dog bites in your neighborhood:
- Spay and neuter your dog.
- Always take your dog to the vet for behavioral and physical checkups.
- Take your dog on a walk to socialize with humans and other dogs.
- Train your dog properly.
YOUR LEGAL SOLUTION
Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason. Proud pooches around the world have been responsible for saving people’s lives on more than one occasion, and these delightful creatures form strong bonds with their owners. However, dogs are still animals and pose a threat to your health and happiness, if they are left unchecked.
Here at Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson, our team of professional attorneys are passionate about our practice and are fully knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding unfortunate slip and fall accidents throughout the State of Delaware. We can guarantee you will receive the justice you deserve. For legal advice and for more information about our services, contact our office today at 800-300-0909.