As any dog owner knows, walking the dog is a year-long necessity. There could be two feet of snow on the ground and the dog still needs to get outside at some point.
However, as the warmer summer weather arrives, dogs will likely spend more time outside. Walks will be longer and more frequent. Dogs will play in the yard with their owners. Dog parks will see increased attendance. Some people may even be more likely to let the dog run, walk or play outside without a leash.
The statistics back it up. Summer months see a spike in dog bites. What will this mean for you?
Dog bites can happen to anybody
The biggest thing to remember is that anyone can suffer from a bite, and any dog can carry out that attack. It is true that runners may be at greater risk than walkers since dogs want to give chase, or that children face greater risks than adults because they’re smaller, but anyone can get injured this summer.
It often happens with incredible speed. You may only have a split second of warning. You can’t fend off the dog even with that warning. All of a sudden, your casual walk around the neighborhood can end with a serious bite and a trip to the hospital — all because you passed a dog at the crucial moment that it decided to bite.
What to do after a dog injures you
The key is to make sure you know what legal options you have. If you are seriously injured by a dog bite, you can seek compensation from the dog’s negligent owner for your medical bills, lost wages and more.