Are dog bites more dangerous for children?

Victims of dog bite attacks in Connecticut can face extensive damage that results in both short-term and long-term injuries. But are some groups more susceptible to severe injury than others? Today, we at Loughlin Fitzgerald, PC, will examine one demographic that is particularly at risk: children.

Dog bites and PTSD

After getting bitten by a dog in Connecticut, some people may want to forget the incident as quickly as possible. If the incident was particularly traumatic, though, it can be hard for people to move on, and sometimes people might have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is important for them to recognize the signs and know when they need to seek help.

What should you do after a dog bite?

Not only is a bite from a dog in Connecticut painful, but it can also be psychologically traumatic and expose you to certain diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a bite from a dog requires immediate attention, but your response may vary based on the depth or severity of the resulting wound. 

What if you were bitten by a dog on the job?

Connecticut workers like you often do your job directly in the client's home. Whether you are a painter, someone who installs appliances, or a person who does other forms of house or even yard work, you spend your hours "on the clock" on someone else's property. So what if that person has a dog, and that dog then bites you?

Bacterial infections after a dog bite

When a child sustains a dog bite, many Connecticut parents might worry about their child incurring a disease such as rabies. However, there are other infections children can get from animal bites. One of these is cellulitis and it is important for parents to recognize the symptoms.

Will my dog go to quarantine if it bites someone?

If your dog bites someone in Connecticut, it is a scary situation for everyone. You hold the liability for the accident. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the victim does not have to prove you were negligent or that your dog had previously aggression issues. While you may face a lawsuit because of what happened, you may also wonder what will happen to your dog.

What should you know about dog bites and children?

Children in Connecticut are naturally curious about animals and may not realize the potential danger that a dog can pose. Knowing the facts about dog bites, how and when they occur, as well as the physical and psychological damage they can cause, can help you to protect your child.

Man and his dog both attacked by off-leash dog

Many people in Connecticut have dogs as pets and understand the strong bond that can exist between a dog and its owner and family members. However, that strong bond does not negate the responsibility of a dog owner to not only care for the dog but also to ensure that their dog does not cause damage or problems to any other persons or property. Unfortunately, there seem to be some people who do not take their responsibilities as pet owners quite as seriously as others.

How does aggression affect dogs?

Residents in Connecticut may face dog attacks for many different reasons. Even dogs that you are familiar with could attack you seemingly without warning. In fact, a high number of dog attacks actually involve dogs that aren't strangers to the victim, whether that dog belongs to a friend or even family. In some cases, aggression can contribute to the likelihood of these attacks.

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