Americans are currently recognizing National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 15-21), bringing attention to the fact that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. While dogs continue to be man's best friend, The Huffington Post reports that nearly one million of these dog bite victims suffer from an injury severe enough to warrant treatment at a hospital.
What legal action should be taken after a person is attacked by a dog or other animal? FindLaw states that an owner can face a dog bite lawsuit and be liable for injuries if the victim can prove that the animal was dangerous and that the dog owner carelessly managed the animal.
If your pet is injured or killed by another animal, then you could also be entitled to receive compensatory damages. In some cases, a person may even be entitled to punitive damages after suffering from a dog bite or animal attack, or if his or her pet suffers from such an attack.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is the perfect time for people to find out more about local leash laws and the about the legal consequences of a dog bite lawsuit that owners can face if their dog attacks a child or adult. The good news is that dog bites are a largely preventable public health problem.
This week may also be a good time to learn about how dog bites can be prevented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of ways that dog bites can be prevented both inside of a household and outside in a neighborhood.