More than 4.7 million people a year are bitten by dogs in the United States; 800,000 Americans seek medical attention each year for dog bites. In fact, the third full week in May is actually “National Dog Bite Prevention Week!”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that we teach our children basic safety rules – and review them regularly:

The Center for Disease Control recommends that we teach our children basic safety rules:

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Do not run from a dog and scream.
  • Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., “be still like a log”).
  • Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

In Vermont, the general rule is that “the keeper of a domestic dog is not liable for injuries to persons and property unless the owner had some reason to know the animal was a probable source of danger..” Davis v. Bedell, 123 Vt. 441, 442–43, 194 A.2d 67, 68 (1963). This often means that the owner will be liable if the dog has bitten people before, or exhibited signs of aggression.

After an attack, please seek medical attention and treatment immediately. Dog bites can get infected, and waiting to get the proper help can make a bad situation worse.

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog-bite injury, you need a dog bite attorney to assist you. We will investigate your case and aggressively pursue a full and fair settlement, or, if necessary, file suit fight for your rights in the courtroom.

Contact Kenney and Fisher for a free initial consultation. We’ll investigate your case and aggressively pursue a full and fair settlement, or, if necessary, file suit fight for your rights in the courtroom.

Or call us: (802) 871-5638. We can help.