If a dog has never bitten you, consider yourself lucky. Each year, over 4.5 million people are bit by dogs. A full 20 percent of those victims need emergency medical care. This may include stitches, hospitalization, and plastic surgery. A significant portion of the dog bites that do occur can be attributed to dogs who were not properly leashed at the time of the attack. Tragically, 17-year-old Davon Jiggetts was a victim of this type of attack. Davon was getting off of a bus on Old National Highway and Hillside Road in April when he was suddenly attacked by a pit bull.
Loose Dogs Pose a Danger
After seeing the dog come after him, Davon Jiggetts ran into oncoming traffic in an attempt to get away from the pit bull. Sadly, Davon was then struck by a car traveling in that lane. It is devastating to think that Davon’s death may have been prevented if the dog’s owners had kept him properly leashed or in a fenced in backyard.
If you or your loved one was attacked by a dog that was on the loose, consider taking the following actions:
- Carefully review the leash laws in your city and county, if they exist.
- Determine whether the dog was restrained when the encounter occurred.
- Assess whether the bite occurred on or off the dog owner’s property.
- Gather complete medical records relating to the dog bite.
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