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What to Do if You Encounter an Aggressive Dog | Shea Law Group Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer

Published on September 26th, 2011

They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but the moment you come face-to-face with an aggressive dog, that old expression is hard to believe. Millions of Americans are attacked by dogs each year, making them a common case for personal injury attorneys.  All too often, however, the clients of dog bit lawyers could have avoided their injuries altogether by adhering to the following guidelines.

  • Do Not Make Eye Contact With the Dog

Eye contact is an aggressive move and will likely continue to anger the dog, promoting aggression. Challenging a territorial dog with direct eye contact may result in an attack. Keep the dog within your sight, but avoid direct eye contact if at all possible.

  • Do Not Run

Dogs have an instinctual urge to chase down prey; running will immediately put you into that category. Dogs are much faster than people, so although you may be tempted to run, it is futile and dangerous. While facing the dog, keep it in the corner of your vision and slowly back away. If the dog begins to approach you, then do not scream or alarm the dog any further, as in this tense situation, any sudden move or sound could trigger an attack.

  • Protect Yourself From Personal Injury An Attack

If the dog does attack and knocks you down, then avoid serious personal injury by rolling into a ball and covering your ears with your hands. Your major arteries and organs will be protected this way.  If you are bitten, then it will likely be on your limbs.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury as a result of a dog attack, then you should contact a dog bite lawyer or a personal injury attorney that has experience in canine attacks. Call the personal injury lawyers at Shea Law Group. Our experienced dog bite lawyers can help you fight for just compensation for injuries and damages. For more information on our injury lawyer team and dog bite specialists, visit our website or call us at (773) 365-0040.


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