“Beware of dog” — you’ve seen the signs throughout your Farmington, Utah neighborhood. You even quiz your children on their meaning. It’s not worth the pain and suffering of a dog attack—and the need to call your family lawyer—if your children take them lightly.
However, is there a precedent for a dog bite being beneficial to someone’s safety? One family in Virginia has proven that man’s best friend can save lives.
A 10 year old girl was walking her dog when she first came in contact with the stranger. This male, described as 5’3” with a thin build, grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her away. Her pup was there to come to the rescue with a bite that scared the man away.
The girl wasn’t injured in the altercation. The man hasn’t been found after a search of the area. But the fact remains, the family would be facing an entirely different story, had the dog not acted as the protector he is.
We don’t take dog bite cases lightly. With 4.7 million bites yearly in the U.S. (a full 800,000 of those seeking medical attention), that’s a lot of calls to the family lawyer. However, on the other side of the coin, dogs can be used for personal protection for your entire family.
“Every 40 seconds in the U.S. a child goes missing. A protective dog as your best friend can be the perfect way to keep your family safe,” said Brad DeBry, an attorney at Robert J. DeBry & Associates, a personal injury law firm located in Utah.
In nearly 80 percent of those abductions, the child is taken by a stranger within a quarter mile of their home — dog walking, visiting the mailbox or even playing on the lawn distance. This is a solemn reminder to keep your family safe by taking your own precautions.
As always, if you find yourself on the receiving end of an unprovoked dog bite and you don’t know what to do, call us for a free consultation from a lawyer at our firm.