What Happens When a Dog Bites a Child?

little charming adorable chihuahua puppy on blurred background. Attacking a persons hand. Eye contact

little charming adorable chihuahua puppy on blurred background. Attacking a persons hand. Eye contact

Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year.

Many of the victims of these bites are children. Young kids are much more likely to be bitten by dogs, and they’re also much more likely to be seriously injured from the bite.

So what happens when a dog bites a child?

We take a closer look below.

What Happens When a Dog Bites a Child?

If your dog bites a child, you as the owner are liable for the bite. The family of the injured child could take you to civil court and sue for damages. You would then be responsible to pay for any medical expenses from the dog bite.

But the exact consequences depend on your specific circumstances.

In some cases, animal control might get involved and cite you and your dog. Your dog might even have to go through a quarantine period.

Make sure you understand the dog bite laws in your area if your dog bites a child.

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What to Do After the Bite

Safety should be your main priority after the dog bite.

If you are the owner, restrain the dog and do what you can to help the victim and their family.

Parents of the child should make sure the child doesn’t run if the dog is still loose. This could cause the dog to chase them. If the dog is restrained, here’s what you should do next.

Take Care of the Child

Seek medical attention for any injuries. If the bite is serious, you may need to call an ambulance.

You should always take your child to the hospital after a dog bite. Even if the bite hasn’t punctured the skin, it’s better to stay on the side of caution. Dog bite may not look serious, but they can get infected and become a major medical concern if left untreated.

You may also need to get your child some emotional treatment. They went through a trauma that can change their view of dogs (and any other type of pet) for the rest of their life. Make sure your child gets counseling if they need it.

Exchange Contact Information

Exchange contact information with the dog’s owner. You may be distracted by your child, but don’t forget this step.

If you plan to hold the owner accountable, you need to have their information.

You should also get contact information for other witnesses who saw the dog bite your child. They can back up your claim if you take it to court.

Get Legal Advice

A lawyer can advise you how to proceed with your case. Whether your the dog’s owner or the parents of the injured child, you should seek legal advice.

Remember, not every lawyer specializes with dog bite laws. Make sure you find a lawyer who has the means to help you.

What to Do When a Dog Bites Your Child

So what happens when a dog bites a child?

First of all, it’s important to stay calm.

Witnesses a dog bite your child can be a terrifying event. Make sure your child gets the medical attention they need, and don’t forget to get contact information from the owner and other witnesses.

Getting ready to make a dog bite claim?

Take a look at this guide to learn six things you should know before you start.

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