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Common Myths About Dog Bites

In Uncategorized by Matador Sol

Personal Injury Lawyer

Dog bites are one of the most common causes of personal injury cases in New York. However, they are still widely misunderstood. Here are some of the most common myths about dog bites that you shouldn’t believe.

All Dogs That Bite Are Mean

Many people assume that dogs bite only because they’re vicious. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even the friendliest dogs can bite if they feel threatened. For example, if a person trespasses on a person’s property, the property owner’s dog may bite the trespasser.

Certain Dog Breeds Are More Likely to Bite

Another misconception people believe is that certain breeds, like pit bulls and rottweilers, are more likely to bite. The truth is, however, that any dog is capable of biting if it feels threatened. For instance, if you corner an unfamiliar dog, it may get frightened and react.

Dog Bites Don’t Carry Disease Risks

This isn’t true. Dogs have very strong jaws, so they puncture your skin when they bite you. If the puncture is deep enough, it can increase your risk of a serious infection. That’s why you should always seek immediate medical attention after a dog bite.

Dog Bites Only Cause Physical Injuries

Dog bites are often just associated with physical injuries, like infection and bleeding. However, dog bites can result in emotional injuries in many people as well. For example, you may feel scared and anxious around other dogs in the future. If your dog bite injury causes permanent scarring, for example, you may develop depression.

Dog Owners Have to Pay for Dog Bites Out-of-Pocket

Some people are reluctant to pursue a dog bite claim if the dog owner is a family member or friend. They assume their friend or family member will have to pay for the damage out of their own pocket. However, in many cases, their homeowners’ insurance company will pay for dog bite claims.

What to Do After Getting Bitten By a Dog

Getting bitten by a dog can be very shocking. However, it’s important to remain calm and take the necessary steps afterward. Start by seeking medical care immediately. A doctor will assess the severity of the dog bite and then recommend the appropriate treatment.

Then, consult a personal injury lawyer, like one from Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy, LLP., about filing a dog bite injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.