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May 2015

When the bite is worse than the bark

It's time to get our guard up. This is when the incident's of dog bites increase, when the weather is warm upon us. It can happen when you least expect it. The dog may belong to a friend or relative, and you may simply be "visiting" at the residence. Female dogs pregnant or just have given birth, are especially dangerous since they are protective, and territorial. Stay away from them. If one is attacked and bitten by a dog, the injuries that occur, should be documented and treated at a hospital. The choice to initiate legal action is up to the injured one, depending on the circumstances. The dog owner may feel they are not responsible for the bite, and may blame the victim, saying that it was their fault, or the victim provoked the dog. Anyone bitten by a dog has the right to sue, especially if the dog belongs to a homeowner. One should get advice from an attorney, due to laws that vary depending on the state of residence. A settlement for the victim would be satisfactory, to cover medical expenses, and/or  loss of wages and time from work due to injuries, if applicable.