What to Do When a Dog Attacks Your Child

by | Dec 7, 2014

Even the unthinkable requires an action plan

Dogs might be the most domesticated household pet in existence, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the power to cause serious injuries. Depending on the size and breed of an attacking dog, children may be particularly at risk. If you’re worried that a poorly trained or stray dog might attack your child and cause significant harm, keeping a few things in mind may help you fight back.

How Bad Is the Problem?

According to the CDC, more than 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year. About 20% of these require professional medical attention. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 have the highest risk for dog bites. Also, keeping a dog in the house increases overall risk for serious injury.

Preparing for a Dog in the Home

If you’re bringing a new dog into a home with small children, you’ll need to take several steps to prepare:

  • Make sure your child is okay with dogs
  • Delay the introduction of your new pet until the child expresses confidence
  • Neuter the dog shortly after purchase and engage in a program of professional training
  • Speak to a veterinarian about proper training and socialization
Teaching Safety

Whether you own a dog or expect your child to encounter one in the course of daily life, it’s important to convey safety tips like:

  • Never surprise or roughly handle an unfamiliar dog
  • Don’t run from an unfamiliar dog or mimic prey in other ways
  • Don’t approach stray or uncollared dogs
  • Report all dog bites to an adult
Responding to Dog Attacks and Pursuing Justice

If your child is bitten, you’ll need to do several things:

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Ascertain the identity of the dog and its owner
  • Document the events surrounding the incident as well as all injuries, medical bills, and witnesses
  • Speak to a lawyer about your options for pursuing justice
Learn From an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney in Indianapolis

While we fervently hope that you’ll never have to assess your options in the wake of an attack by a dog or other animal, it’s important to prepare for the worst. As such, we stand ready to provide whatever assistance you need to ensure that you receive compensation and redress for your injuries or your child’s injuries. To learn more about how we can help, visit our website or fill out our online contact form.


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