Dog Bites and Danger to Young Children
Georgia dog owners should take steps to ensure that their pets are not a danger to other people. Children are particularly vulnerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, over 50,000 children younger than 7 were injured by a dog bite. Children's heights means they are more likely to be bitten in the face or neck, and they may suffer life-threatening injuries or require reconstructive plastic surgery.
However, one study found that many people have a hands-off attitude about children around dogs. Parents often tend to trust the family dog more than they would an unfamiliar one although experts recommend that young children should not be left alone with any dogs. Children may inadvertently do things such as hugging a dog or kissing one on the face that might result in the animal reacting in an unpredictable way.
Experts also say that merely supervising children is not sufficient since they can also be bitten when adults are present. It is important for adults to learn to recognize the body language of dogs to gauge whether the dog is becoming agitated and might bite. Dog owners are also encouraged to seek out a training specialist if their pet begins showing aggression.
Unlike other states that impose strict liability on the owner of a dog that injures another. Georgia's dog bite law is a bit more complicated. Questions will arise as to whether the dog had previously exhibited vicious propensities. As a result, the parents of a child who has been injured by a dog belonging to another owner may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss their case.