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How to deal with dog attacks?

How to deal with dog attacks?

Dog bites are a frightening reality, leaving physical wounds that require medical attention. But the trauma often extends far beyond the bite itself. Victims of dog attacks can experience significant emotional distress, impacting their daily lives and well-being.

The Emotional Toll of Dog Attacks

The aftermath of a dog attack can be deeply unsettling. Other than physical injuries which can be very serious, victims must deal with emotional distress of dog bites which includes:

  • Fear and Anxiety: The experience of being attacked by a dog can trigger anxieties around dogs and potentially other animals. Victims may become afraid to go outside, walk in their own neighborhood, or even visit friends and family with pets.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): In severe cases, dog attacks can lead to PTSD, characterized by flashbacks, nightmares, and hypervigilance. It can significantly have a negative effect on a person’s daily life.
  • Depression and Low Self-Esteem: The trauma of an attack can led to feelings of depression and low self-esteem. Victims may feel embarrassed by their injuries or become withdrawn from social activities.
  • Social Isolation: Fear of encountering dogs again can lead to social isolation, impacting relationships and overall well-being.

These emotional responses are valid and require support. But these can be managed by seeking professional help from a therapist.

Dog Owner Liability

Dog owners have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of others. The extent of this liability varies depending on location and specific circumstances. However, some general principles apply:

  • Strict Liability Laws: Some states have strict liability laws, holding dog owners liable for any injuries their dog inflicts, regardless of prior aggressive behavior.
  • One-Bite Rule: Other jurisdictions follow the “one-bite rule,” where owners are only liable if the dog has a history of aggression. However, this rule often has exceptions, such as attacks on children or in public places.
  • Negligence Laws: Even in states without strict liability, victims may pursue claims based on negligence. This means that it was a owner’s negligence that he failed to take responsible precautions to prevent the attack.

Steps to Take After a Dog Attack

Immediate actions should be takes right after a dog attack to ensure your safety and rights:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Get yourself immediately checked by a medical professional even when you think that your injuries are minor, as it can also serve as vital evidence.
  • Report the Attack: Report the attack on animal control. This helps authorities track the dog and ensure it is properly vaccinated and licensed.
  • Gather Evidence: Try to take pictures and videos of the accident site and your injuries. Collect witness statements if anyone saw the incident.
  • Contact an Attorney: Legal maze is very complex, and a normal person can’t deal with them alone, you must contact an attorney for your legal help and better consequences.

Finding Support and Moving Forward

The impact dog attacks can have on emotional health is just as bad as the physical impact. Remember, support is available. Consider joining a support group for dog bite victims to connect with others who understand your experience.

By seeking professional help for your emotional distress and pursuing legal action against the dog owner, you can start on the path to healing and rebuilding your life.

If you or someone you know need legal help in any matter, then call now for a free consultation at (718) 414-6642.

Justin William, Esq.

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