Whether you have a Labrador, a Chihuahua, or a Pit Bull, all dogs have some propensity towards biting. Dog bites can lead to severe (and sometimes highly infectious) lacerations and many times will lead to deep scars. Kids, on the other hand, tend to have a naturally carefree and lackadaisical approach to animals. Children, especially those under 10-years old, are often not aware that dogs may be dangerous if placed in unusual or unfamiliar situations. Avoiding these situations is a major undertaking with kids but is immensely important to ensure both the animal and child stay safe.
There are obviously no magic wands to ensure that a dog bite won’t occur. Some animals have a higher inclination towards biting, and the background of the dog must be taken into consideration when determining whether to introduce young children. Here are a few tips for parents and caregivers to help ensure safe interactions between even the friendliest of dogs and young children.
Washington has strict laws for dog owners when it comes to liability for dog bites. If your dog has ever bitten another person, you know how devastating it can be for the entire family. Fortunately, homeowner’s insurance tends to cover these events. If you or your child are ever bitten by a dog, contacting an attorney will help you understand your rights and responsibilities. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you sustained including:
A qualified personal injury attorney can help you assess your situation to determine if Washington’s tough dog bite laws can protect you or your child. Contact the experienced litigators at Magnuson Lowell PS for a free case evaluation.