Children and Dog Bite Accidents

Children, particularly under the age of five, oftentimes get excited and may not understand the concept of boundaries when it comes to animals. A hug or a playful tug from a toddler can feel too tight or painful to a dog.

Upon seeing a fluffy puppy, a child’s first instinct is to go pet it. However, that may not always be the safest thing to do. It’s important to teach children the proper ways to approach dogs to avoid a dog bite accident.

If your child gets too close to a dog and startles it, the dog may attack. Because of the close proximity of a child’s face to a canine’s mouth, your child is more susceptible to serious bites.

Be sure to teach your child the following:

  • Avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs
  • Do not scream at a dog
  • Always have adult supervision
  • Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or tending puppies
  • Do not run away from dogs
  • Always allow a dog to sniff you before petting

What Do I Do If My Child Was Bitten?

California is a strict liability state. This means the dog owner is always liable for a dog bite, regardless of what caused the accident. Even if the dog had no prior history of aggression, the owner will still be held accountable for the dog’s actions.

Any severity of animal attacks can be physically and emotionally devastating. If your child has sustained injuries from a dog bite, it is important to seek immediate medical attention to prevent future complications.

Common damages dog bites can cause includes:

At Bergener Mirejovsky, our skilled dog bite accident lawyers have successfully helped clients receive compensation for the current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and for emotional distress after an animal attack. We understand how stressful pursuing an accident claim can be for your child’s dog bite if you don’t know what the right steps to take are. We are here to help. No bite is too small for medical evaluation. A knowledgeable member of our team is here to answer questions specific to your case any hour of the day. Give us a call today at 1-800-881-2021.

That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.