Common Causes of Dog Bites in Missouri

Dogs are often viewed as “man’s best friend” and are praised for their loyal and long-lasting companionship. As a result of the important role they play in most people’s lives, they have also gained quite a bit of media coverage. Dogs have had starring roles in movies and TV shows as well as in several news reports. Over the years, there has been an abundance of news coverage on the cracking down of dog fighting rings throughout the country. Dog breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, which are often portrayed as aggressive and dangerous animals, have been victimized due to this cruel and illegal practice. Other breeds that aren’t subject to such negative stereotypes are also targets of senseless abuse. Advocates for animal rights work tirelessly to stop abuse against dogs and to release them back into a home where they will be loved and cared for. Regardless of the reason, the stark reality is that sometimes dogs bite do occur, and as experienced St. Louis dog bite attorneys we have seen first hand how serious the injuries can be.

What can you do to avoid dog bites?

Understanding why a dog bites people can make an unsuspecting victim more aware of their interaction with a dog and help avoid being bitten. Additionally, under current Missouri law, owners can be held strictly liable when their dog bites someone. Usually, as long as the victim did not provoke the dog and was on public property or lawfully on private party when the dog bite occurred, they can recover for their injuries. Thus, it is also essential for owners to take the proper steps to train their dog and take certain measures to minimize the likelihood of their dog biting someone.

Dog Bite Triggers

Sometimes dogs attack for reasons unknown. However, the following are warning signs to watch for before an attack:

·      A dog may attack when they are being territorial and are trying to protect a piece of their property. This property could mean food, toys or their surrounding territory. Small children should refrain from bothering a dog while they are eating.

·      Unfamiliar situations or people can provoke a sense of fear in dogs. This can subsequently cause them to feel threatened and react by biting. Proceed with caution when approaching an unfamiliar dog.

·      A dog that is enduring some type of pain may react by biting anyone who irritates the sore area. Be gentle when petting a dog and refrain from any rough housing with an unfamiliar dog.

·      A dog who has recently given birth to puppies can react aggressively because of their maternal extinct. Be careful when handling a dog’s puppies and teach children not to approach a puppy and its mother abruptly.

·      Dogs often react to the element of chase. Bikers, runners and other pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings when passing a dog.

Dog bites can result in serious injuries and if untreated can lead to even bigger complications. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite in the St. Louis area, seek immediate medical attention. Then, contact an experienced St. Louis dog bite attorney to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Joseph D. Klenofsky  |  St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney

The Klenofsky Law Firm, LLC