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Tips for preventing dog bites

A friend drops by for a visit, and when she cannot get an answer at the front door, she heads to the back. What she does not know is the family Labrador retriever has been soaking up the sun on the deck, and she startles him. Illinois dog owners understand startled dogs sometimes attack the people who surprise them, so it would not be shocking to find out the retriever bit the friend who unintentionally snuck up on him.

Fatal dog attacks lands babysitters in prison

With so many people in Springfield relying on their dogs to provide them with love and companionship, it may be difficult to believe such creatures are capable of harm. Yet dogs have proven themselves to be dangerous attackers when involved in altercations with people. Some may think that the extent of the injuries such animals can inflict is limited to minor cuts and abrasions on a victim's extremities. Yet depending on the size of the dog (as well as that of the victim of its attack), fatal results of dog attacks are not out of the question. 

What should I do when approached by a strange dog?

While there are leash laws about dogs in Illinois, there may come a time when you are approached by a dog who is off leash and unattended. This can be a scary experience because you never know a strange dog's demeanor. Often the dog will be super friendly and all fear will disperse, but in some cases, the dog may be cagey or even aggressive. It is important to know what to do in these cases to prevent any injuries and get away from the dog safely.

Will your dog be put down after biting someone?

If your dog bites someone in Illinois, you have quite a bit to be concerned about. You have to ensure the person is okay and gets the proper medical treatment. You also have to be concerned about what this could mean for your property or rental insurance because a claim is almost certain to be made. You also need to think about your dog's well-being. 

What to do if a dog chases you on your bike

A bicycle is an excellent choice of transportation, recreation and exercise for many in Illinois, but on your ride, you are exposed to a risk that motorists are not: dog attacks. We at the Law Office of Kerley & Associates have represented many people who were injured by a dog who was not properly restrained by its owner.

How can you care for animal bite scars?

Illinois residents who have been victims of dog bites will know that the pain can continue long past the initial attack. For example, many victims are left with unpleasant or even disfiguring scars, reducing your quality of life. Fortunately, there are possible ways to minimize and care for animal bite scars that may help reduce the appearance and formation of scars.

Cat bites may be more dangerous than you think

Since the majority of animal bites to humans involve dogs, many people don't realize that bites inflicted by cats can actually be more dangerous in some situations. While physical injuries will likely be more severe if you have been bitten by a canine, feline injuries more often land Illinois victims in the hospital. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can help you ensure that you get the help you need if you find yourself with a bite from a cat or any other animal.

How can parents help children heal from dog bites?

After your child is bitten by a dog, you know that the physical injuries usually take some time to heal. However, your child may also have emotional injuries which can linger long after the phyical wounds are gone. A previous blog discussed the physical injuries you should look for immediately after the bite. It is equally important for you to recognize emotional injuries so you can help your child recover.

What parents need to know about animal bites

If your child has been bitten by an animal in Illinois, there are several things you should know. Every bite can be different, so you may need help identifying potential diseases or knowing how to treat the wound. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can help you recognize dangers you may not have been aware of and ensure that you receive the compensation you need to get adequate treatment.

The basics of rabies

If you or a loved one have been bitten by an animal in Illinois, one of your first concerns is likely whether or not you have been exposed to rabies. While the name of this disease is well-known, the symptoms are not always as clear. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates are here not only to represent your rights, but also to educate you on the signs and symptoms of rabies so that you can be prepared if you are bitten by an animal.

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