While dog-owners love their dogs and treat them with love and care, they are expected to extend the same courtesy to their neighbors. The absence of this attention to others results in daily conflicts between dog-owners and those who see the dog as a potentially dangerous threat to their children or even to adults.
Increasing numbers of dog-bite cases
Statistics regarding dog-bite cases in the US have been calculated on the basis of the number of patients who have been admitted in clinics and hospitals to receive dog-bite treatments. The numbers have risen by a whopping 86% between the years 1990 and 2008. Any dog irrespective of whether they live in the house or street is capable of displaying aggressive behavior when it they are confronted with a perceived threat. The extremely high number of dog-bite cases clearly indicates the fact that dog behavior is often observed to deviate from normal, predictable behavior patterns.
Dogs are capable of displaying a ferocious and vicious reaction even when they are confronted with a routine situation child shouting or riding his bicycle in the vicinity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that as many as 5 million US citizens become dog-bite victims on an annual basis. With such high numbers involved, it becomes first priority to know how dog-owners plan to keep their dogs under control and prevent them from attacking other people.
Getting insurance companies to pay up
The hardest part about pursuing a claim from an insurance company for a dog-bite is to prove that the dog had bitten the victim without being provoked. There are a few instances where dog-bite cases have been registered when the dog was provoked and insurance providers often use this as an excuse to delay or avoid having to pay up.
Despite this bugbear, statistics indicate that over the past 7 years, 53% more dog bite victims received compensation for dog-bites compared to earlier years clearly indicating that dog-bite victims appear to have increased significantly over the years. The main issue that arises is pursuing a lawsuit or convincing insurance companies to prove to an irresponsible dog-owner that his dog has indeed bitten the victim.
What should you do in the immediate aftermath of a dog-bite?
A dog-bite may manifest itself in different ways such as serious laceration of the skin. If there is no visible scarring, there are chances of feeling pain and warmth in the area where you have been bitten. Children and babies should be medically examined by qualified personnel irrespective of the severity of the symptoms that may appear after a dog-bite.
What do you do if there is an irresponsible dog-owner in your neighborhood?
If you notice that the dog is often left unattended and shows aggressive behavior without provocation, you could try talking to the person concerned. Suggest that dog must always be kept under leash and should not left alone especially when there are children playing in the vicinity.