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dog bite attorneyMillions of Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Over 300,000 of those bites will warrant a trip to the emergency room, and many of those will require reconstructive surgery. While most dogs are friendly, any dog can bite. Not surprisingly, children are most commonly bitten by dogs and postal workers and the elderly are also common dog bite victims.

Most dog bites involving children are preventable. Young children may be unable to understand warning cues from a dog. If an adult is present, a warning growl can serve as a sign to separate the dog and child. However, without supervision, the child may continue to “play” with a dog that does not wish to play. Bites are commonly found on a child’s face or neck. Do not make the mistake of thinking a particular dog will never bite. All dogs can bite if they become irritated, uncomfortable, or scared.

Tips for Preventing and Avoiding Dog Bites

Education is the best way to prevent dog bites. Dog owners should be educated on responsible ownership, and the general public should be educated on how to avoid getting bitten by a dog. For starters, aggressive dogs (and those with a history of biting) should always be kept on a leash when outside. Below are additional tips on how to prevent and avoid dog bites.

  • Pay attention to a dog’s body language. Put space between yourself and a dog that is exhibiting any of the following body signals – tensed body, pulled-back ears, intense stare, or a dog that is backing away.
  • If you think a dog may attack, do not run and scream. Remain motionless and avoid eye contact. If you notice the dog is no longer interested, slowly back away. If the dog does attack, put anything you can (jacket, purse, bag) between you and the dog. If you fall, curl into a ball and remain silent and motionless.
  • If you get bitten, immediately wash the wound with soap and warm water. Seek medical attention, and report the bite to the local animal control agency. Many dog bites can be treated at home, however, more than 800,000 require medical attention every year. Your physician can help you determine whether the wound can be treated at home.

Contact Malman Law

The personal injury attorneys at Malman Law have successfully obtained compensation for thousands of clients, including victims of dog bites. Illinois is a first bite state, which means that you have a right to claim damages even if the dog has no history of biting. Malman Law will help you understand your rights and your options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.aiopia.org/selection/.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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