With the warm weather arriving in New England, more and more people are heading outdoors after a long winter season. However, with the anxiousness of getting back into nature, many people also forget the basics. Whether it’s stopping to take the extra look or two before crossing a road or using precautionary measures when venturing out to new territory, the fresh air seems to affect everyone in different ways .
At Feniger and Uliasz, we also see an increase in animal attacks this time of year. Not because an animal is vicious or untrained. Not because a dog is a certain breed or a cat is mean spirited. But, instead, because – like you – they are coming out of a long indoor winter season that often secluded them from high amounts of human interaction. Thus, like everything, it’s more imperative to take that extra moment to be mindful and approach animals with respect and care.
Here, our team highlights some of the top reasons you may need the services of an animal attack lawyer in MA or NH during the summer months.
It’s Vacation Season
Vacation season in New England doesn’t only mean packing the family up for a road trip to the lake, but also that it is school vacation. Kids are out of school for the summer, they are outdoors, and they are having fun! It’s important to remind younger children that chasing a ball into a neighbor’s yard or approaching that cute dog in the park can lead to undesirable situations.
We think this is the perfect time to address the misconceptions around dog breeds. While some of the typical bully breeds remain highest on the list for biting, other breeds on the list may surprise you. For instance, a study in 2008 conducted by a group of Colorado veterinarians and animal care workers reported to the Denver Post that Labrador Retrievers were the group most responsible for dog bites during that time in that region. Shocking, we agree! But, this study proves that any animal of any breed will attack in situations where they feel threatened.
Animal Bites are the most common form of reported animal attack.
According to the CDC, 4.5 million people report being bitten by a dog each year in the United States. With approximately 90 million homes owning a dog, the number is small in comparison. However, depending on the situation, the animal, and the size of the individual, a bite can be traumatizing. Whether you find yourself treating the wound at home or heading to the hospital, sometimes, an animal attack lawyer can help you remedy a situation.
- In 2020, the average cost of a dog bite was $50,200.
- $854 million was paid out in insurance claims during 2020 for animal attack situations.
- Each day more than 900 visits are made to the ER because of dog bites.
When it comes to avoiding dog bites, responsible ownership and taking care to avoid risky situations is key. However, accidents happen. If you find yourself or a loved one injured due to an animal attack, MA and NH lawyers from Feniger & Uliasz can help. With decades of experience, our team will help you reach the settlement you deserve.
Contact the office of Feniger & Uliasz today to schedule your consultation 603-627-5997. As the top animal attack lawyer in MA and NH, you can have peace of mind that your case is in the best hands.