A family in South Carolina has made headlines yet again for an incident in which a family dog attacked one of their children. Quintin and Chantel McGrew lost their infant son last April when the family’s Labrador Retriever mix snatched the baby boy from a bouncy swing and inflicted fatal wounds on the child. That …
A family in South Carolina has made headlines yet again for an incident in which a family dog attacked one of their children. Quintin and Chantel McGrew lost their infant son last April when the family’s Labrador Retriever mix snatched the baby boy from a bouncy swing and inflicted fatal wounds on the child. That dog has since been euthanized and in the latest incident, which involved a different family dog, the McGrew child survived the attack, but suffered a puncture wound on right right cheek and the left side of his nose. If you or your child has suffered serious injuries in a dog bite accident in Oklahoma, contact our skilled attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center as soon as possible. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the resulting injuries, which you can pursue by filing a dog bite claim against the dog owner.
Dog Bite Statistics and Safety Tips
The devastating dog attacks that have affected the McGrew family during the past year are proof that even notoriously friendly family dogs like Labrador Retrievers can become dangerous. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that 60% of all dog bites occur in the dog owner’s home, and 77% of dog bite victims are family members or close friends of the dog owner. Even more alarming, the most common victims of dog bite accidents in the United States are children, and the rate of dog bite injuries among children is highest among those between five and nine years of age. In light of these statistics, it is important for parents to teach their children the following safety tips to avoid being injured or killed in a dog attack:
- Don’t pet a stray dog that you are not familiar with
- Don’t tease, taunt or startle any dog
- Never try to separate dogs that are fighting
- Always get a dog owner’s permission before petting his dog
- If attacked, protect your face and neck as best you can
Contact Our Attorneys to File a Claim
According to CDC estimates, approximately 4.5 million Americans (adults and children) are bitten by dogs every year, and one in five of these attacks results in injuries serious enough to require medical attention. If you or a loved one has been involved in a dog attack in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights. One of the most important components of a dog bite claim is determining liability, which is key to pursuing the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With the help of our experienced lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center, you can file a claim against the dangerous dog’s owner and seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and medical bills.