Unfortunately, dogs don’t always act as man’s best friend. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4.5 million people nationwide are injured from dog bites per year. More than 880,000 of these dog bites require medical attention and more than 30,000 result in expensive reconstructive surgery. The victim of a dog bite should consult with a Des Moines animal bite lawyer to discuss getting compensation for their injuries.
Under Iowa law, it is ultimately the responsibility of dog owners to train their dogs in a way that does not danger the public. If a dog becomes a danger by attacking an innocent person, the dog owner can be held liable for the injuries. These damages may involve medical expenses, lost wages and prolonged pain and suffering. An Iowa animal attack attorney can ensure the dog’s owner is held accountable for the full extent of the damages.
While a dog bite is ultimately the dog owner’s responsibility, there are some proactive steps that you and your family can take to reduce your chances of an attack. According to the CDC, you should adhere to the following dog safety tips:
- Do not bother a dog that is eating, drinking, sleeping or taking care of puppies.
- Do not approach unfamiliar dogs.
- If an unfamiliar dog approaches, remain quiet and stand still.
- If a dog knocks you onto the ground, roll your body into a compact ball and do not move.
- Avoid playing aggressive games with dogs because the game may backfire.
Often, victims cannot prevent dog attacks. These attacks are due solely to vicious dogs and careless owners. At Hope Law Firm, P.L.C., we have years of experience litigating dog bite claims. We can ensure the victim of a dog bite gets the maximum compensation available for their injuries. Call our office today.