What to do when man’s best friend isn’t so friendly

Follow these tips if you are approached by an unfamiliar dog.

When you're out for a walk and you see an unfamiliar dog that is acting strangely, do you know what to do? What if your neighbor's pet suddenly seems particularly agitated when you're approaching?

Every year, around 4.5 million Americans are attacked by man's best friend. Of those bitten, about 20 percent will suffer infections as a result.

It is easy to forget that any dog - regardless of size - could bite under certain circumstances. Even small dogs can cause significant harm. Therefore, it is a good idea to review some steps you can take to help protect yourself from suffering a dog bite in Connecticut.

Of course, the best way to avoid dangerous situations with an unfamiliar animal is to stay away from the dog. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to follow such simple advice. In some cases, unfamiliar animals will approach you.

In such cases, it is best to remain motionless when an unfamiliar dog is coming toward you. Be sure not to panic and run away from the animal, as it may only encourage the dog to chase you.

Also, do not make direct eye contact with the animal and do not face the dog directly. If you turn your body so your side is facing the dog, you will not seem as hostile to the animal. If the dog does not move away, try saying "No" in a deep, strong voice.

If the animal is aggressive and knocks you to the ground, you will want to protect your head and neck. In such situations, you should curl into the fetal position, with your hands protecting your neck and ears.

If you see an unfamiliar dog without an owner, particularly one that is acting aggressively, consider calling animal control to ensure other people are not harmed by the animal.

Call a personal injury attorney after suffering a dog bite

When the worst happens and you suffer a dog bite, there will likely be many things going through your mind. Among those concerns may be how you are going to pay for the medical bills that arrive after you receive the necessary medical treatment. For serious bites, the expenses can be significant, leaving you with understandable financial concerns.

After suffering a dog bite, in addition to receiving medical treatment, it is a good idea to talk to a personal injury attorney familiar with such cases. At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C., we understand what you're going through and we are prepared to advocate diligently for your interests.