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The dangers family dogs may pose to young children

Dogs are the companions of a large number of people in Maryland and across the country. In fact, between 33 and close to 50 percent of all US households own a dog. However, along with the joy of owning a dog is the possible danger of the dog biting a child in the household.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, more than 50,000 children six years of age or younger have been injured because they were bitten by a dog. Studies show that small children are likely to suffer severe or life-threatening injuries to their head, face or neck, due to the fact they stand at eye level with dogs. Further, a dog bite can leave children with scarring, or with a general anxiety and fear about dogs.

The leading researcher in the study said that because dogs can display unsafe behaviors, dog owners should never leave their dog alone with children. Other studies have proven that dogs hate to be embraced, and children who try to display affection for a dog by hugging or kissing it may be in danger of a serious injury from a dog bite. Dog owners and caregivers, therefore, would benefit from being aware of unsafe dog behaviors and safety measures regarding child-pet interactions.

A person who is bitten by a dog can suffer catastrophic injuries, especially if the victim is a child. In such cases, the victim or the victim's family could pursue compensation via a personal injury claim. An attorney who focuses his or her practice on personal injury may be able to assist a victim with filing a suit.

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