It has long been accepted that animals are able to sense fear, but even handlers who are completely comfortable around dogs remain vulnerable. On March 13, 2016, talk-radio host Jillian Barberie – a longtime animal advocate – revealed that a cocker spaniel bit her lip, resulting in a laceration that required 10 stitches. Barberie later clarified via Twitter that the dog bite was an accident and not caused by animal aggression.
Cherry Hill dog bite lawyers note that even trusted family pets can unexpectedly turn on those who know them best. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 75% of victims are bitten by a dog they know or care for. Moreover, the CDC maintains that the 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year lead 800,000 individuals to seek medical treatment. Victims of dog bites generate an estimated one million dollars in insurance claims, annually.
Dogs who are known to struggle with aggression must always be handled with care, but even docile and easygoing animals will bite when they feel stressed or frightened. Additionally, a dog may not always be able to differentiate between play and a legitimate threat. Barberie was not bit by her own dog, but it did belong to a close friend. Barberie – herself the owner of several rescue dogs and cats – was reportedly holding the cocker spaniel in her lap when the dog unexpectedly turned. The dog was known to be a “snapper”, according to Barberie. Fortunately, the stitches are scheduled to be removed soon.
Cherry Hill Dog Bite Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Warn: All Dogs Have the Potential to Cause Harm
Although Barberie conceded over social media she was warned about the unpredictability of the cocker spaniel which caused her injuries, even dogs without a history of aggression can unexpectedly bite. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, the Cherry Hill dog bite lawyers at DiTomaso Law will help you pursue a claim for damages in court or pursue a settlement with an insurance carrier. With offices conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey including Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Camden County, Burlington County and Atlantic County. Call us today at 856-414-0010 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.