One of the most common questions that innocent people ask themselves over and over again is, "Did I do anything to provoke this?" They may replay the events leading up to the attack repeatedly in their mind, but often cannot pinpoint any specific action that might have triggered a feeling of rage or fear in the dog that would cause it to attack.
What a dog lawyer will tell you is that many dog owners do not realize is that there is a great deal of responsibility that comes with a dog, or any pet for that matter.
The proper training and care is imperative for any pet to be able to properly adapt to others.
When that training and care are not provided, an animal could develop several complexes.
For dogs, the territory that they reside in is often a major trigger.
Of course, if they are not familiar with children, or being around people other than its owner, then the dog may feel threatened or overly protective of its master.
Still other dogs may be temperamental due to neglect or abuse.
In cases like this, even the slightest movement could trigger an attack.
There are many dogs that are so small that you wouldn't expect them to even make the attempt to attack.
Often though, the opposite is true.
The small dog may feel the need to protect itself more often because it might feel threatened more often due to its size.
However, bigger dogs do tend to inflict a much greater degree of damage due simply to their size.
No dog should be assumed to be safe.
It's just not a self programmed trait.
When a dog does attack, it is wise to get in touch with an experienced dog attorney to discuss your options.
Ensure that you don't sign any waivers of guilt or accept any settlements from the dog's owner prior to discussing your case with a qualified dog attorney.
An attorney that has experience in dog laws and personal injury will be much more knowledgeable than your general run of the mill lawyer.
Why? Well, because they have dealt with many dog attack cases in the past.
They are aware of the laws that protect victims and animals and they are capable of sifting through the medical documents and police reports to find the information that you will need to make your case.