Dog Bites More Common During Summer

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2012 | Dog Bites

The warm days of summer mean more time spent outdoors for families, children, and their canine companions. Unfortunately, a lovely day can quickly take an ugly turn when people, and especially children, get bitten by a dog. Sources say that the number of dog bite incidents is higher during summer months than it is during the rest of the year. According to Dr. Adam Weinfeld, a plastic surgeon, the increase in emergency room consults related to dog bites is noticeable during the summer. This goes for consults in general, but children are far more likely to get bitten than adults are. Weinfeld says that children are more exposed to dogs than adults, and in Weinfeld’s opinion, this is mainly because children are out of school, and they have more unsupervised time with dogs than they normally would. In addition, infants and toddlers are at the same eye level with dogs, which might seem threatening to some animals. Children are three times more likely than adults to get bitten, says Prevent a Bite, a nonprofit organization. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also reported 29,000 dog bite-related reconstructive surgeries nationwide for last year. It is wise to keep your dog on a leash, and if you are out where dogs are running around freely, keep your distance to the animal. A dog bite can be a serious injury, and it could require surgery or other medical treatments. In case of such injury, you will need skilled and dedicated legal support. To get this support, contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney.