Dog bites: Children are at a greater risk

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Dog Bites |

Did you know that most dog bite incidents are caused by animals that a victim does know? That makes sense, since approximately 50% of victims are children. Of them, around 26% will need to be seen in an emergency room or by a physician following the bite incident.

The majority of attacks do happen within the victim’s home, which usually means that it’s a family pet that has attacked. However, this isn’t always the case. Some children, as well as adults, are bitten in other places such as parks, at school or while on walks.

Who is most likely to get bitten by a dog?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that it’s most common to see boys between the ages of 5 and 9 get bitten, but children in general are more likely to be the victims of dog attacks and bites to the neck, head and face.

It’s important for parents to understand that dog bites are not uncommon, especially when children are involved. It’s true that children sometimes don’t know how to safely interact with animals and may smack, hit, crawl on or otherwise disturb a dog and provoke an attack. Other times, animals may feel unwell, scared, aggressive or attack for seemingly no reason.

It’s possible to seek compensation when your child is bitten by a dog

In a case where your child has been bitten by a dog, you do have the ability to fight for compensation. It is reasonable to ask the owner of the dog to pay for the medical care that your child needs.

Some people don’t want to ask for that compensation if it’s a friend or family member’s pet, but you shouldn’t be afraid to do so. Usually, homeowner’s insurance policies will kick in to help cover the cost of an injury that occurs on a person’s property. So, if you were visiting someone you know when your child was attacked, it’s reasonable to ask them to cover the cost of care and to make sure that their dog is restrained or otherwise quarantined until a reasonable solution is found for the incident.