Although we often think of dogs as loyal and lovable pets, it’s important to be cautious around our canine friends. Some dogs may be aggressive, startled, or simply wary of strangers, and even dogs that normally are friendly could attack for seemingly no reason. However, most dogs do provide some warning signs if they are about to bite or attack.
Avoiding a Dog Bite Injury in Orange County by Recognizing the Signs
While it is not always possible to predict when a dog will attack or bite, here are some general warning signals to look for:
- Stiff or rigid posture
- Fur on the neck or back standing up
- Snarling and snapping
- Yawning, licking, or grooming as you approach
- Cowering or whimpering
- Showing the bottom “whites” of the eyes
Any of these signs could be a good indicator that the dog is uncomfortable, irritable, or afraid and may be ready to bite. If you notice these warning signals when you are interacting with or near a dog (even a dog that previously has been friendly), it is important to back off, move away, and give the dog some space until the dog is more relaxed.
How to Get Legal Help with Dog Bite Injuries in Orange County
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite injury in Orange County, it is important to see your doctor for treatment and learn more about your rights as soon as possible. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys would be happy to provide a completely free legal consultation to hear more about what happened and answer any questions you may have. Reach out to us at (949) 851-0222 to schedule a consultation today.
For more information, please also use the form on this page to request your FREE copy of our informative legal guide, The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Personal Injury Claim, which explains more about what to expect from the legal process after a California dog bite injury and offers helpful tips for successfully handling a personal injury claim in Orange County.