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springtime-dog-bite-safetyAs the weather gets warmer and Illinois residents start spending more time outside, there is a larger chance of running into dogs that are also out enjoying the outdoors.

Dog bites are too common, with an estimated 4.7 million a year in the U.S. In Chicago alone, there were over 1,700 dog bite reports in 2011. With spring and summer just around the corner, it is a good time for outdoor enthusiasts and dog owners alike to take heed of preventing dog bite attacks.

 Dog Bite Injuries

A dog’s instinct is to protect its territory and its master. Even a “friendly” dog can become aggressive if it feels threatened or thinks that someone is encroaching on property that they deem is theirs. Dog bites can range from a slight scratch to severe and even fatal injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, 800,000 dog bites each year require medical treatment. Many severe dog bites result in:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Torn skin, tissue and muscle
  • Severe scarring

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As personal injury attorneys, many accidents result in serious disability that frankly can be difficult to put into words. As trial lawyers we always struggle between conveying the significance of an injury to a jury, while maintaining our clients dignity.  Though slightly different in context, we have created a series of Infographics to help people better appreciate certain types of accidents or simply raise safety awareness.  Many of these Infographics have received compliments by both clients and our peers alike. As long as proper attribution is given, we encourage you to use these images or share with visitors to your website.

For more images, take a look at Jonathan Rosenfeld’s Pintrest profile here.

Bicycle Accident Inforgraphic