Lazy days spent at the lake, cool nights spent camping and lots of picnics and barbecues are wonderful experiences to enjoy during the summer. Then there’s the heat, packed attractions and bugs — experiences that aren’t so wonderful during the summer. For some people, summer can also be the year they were bitten by a dog.
According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, over half of all dog bites in 2013 happened during the summer. August was the month with most.
Why the reason for the uptick in “teethy” attacks? Dogs tend to be brought into more social gatherings; and, many times, they just aren’t all that comfortable. Add in the heat, and dogs can get just as cranky as humans.
According to one dog trainer, “Every dog will use its teeth if they feel they need to.” To keep a dog from biting, avoid taking your dog to places that are crowded with people, both known and unknown. Also, avoid letting your dog get too hot, as this can make an animal more likely to bite.
The owner of a dog can be held liable if his or her dog attacks and bites someone. In many instances, dog bites can be very serious, leading to infections, extensive scarring and even death. The victim can seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. If the attack was fatal, family members can sue for wrongful death, end of life expenses and other damages.
If you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog, an experienced California attorney can advise you of your right to seek compensation and what your next steps should be.
Source: New York Post, “Why summer is the season for dog bites,” Jessica Hullinger, accessed June 16, 2017