The Doberman Pinscher or simply Doberman, is a breed of domestic dog originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. Dobermans are among the most common of pet breeds, and the breed is well known as an intelligent, alert, and loyal companion dog.
Although, they are considered to be working dogs, Doberman Pinschers are often known as being ferocious and aggressive. Dobermans were originally bred for these traits as personal protection dogs. They are generally sociable toward humans and can be with other dogs. However, Dobermans rank among the more-likely breeds to show aggressive behavior towards strangers and other dogs. They are very unlikely to show aggressive behavior toward their owners. Doberman Pinschers were responsible for nine mauling deaths of humans between 1979 and 1998.
Dobermans can attack and/or bite and cause serious injuries. Some common injuries include:
- Tissue loss and avulsion
- Crush injuries
- Fractured bones
- Sprain/strain injuries
- Infections such as rabies
Victims of doberman dog bite injuries to the face, especially children should be examined for nerve damage and facial fractures. While the incidence of facial fractures from dog bite injuries is statistically low, physicians should not exclude the possibility of fractures resulting from dog attacks.
In addition to physical wounds, doberman attacks can cause severe emotional problems. For example, if the victim is a young child the chance of a long lasting fear of dogs, fear of leaving the house and separation anxiety are even higher. Some people develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with symptoms of frightening memories, flashbacks of the attack, nightmares, unreasonable fear for personal safety, difficulty concentrating, and emotional withdrawal. Such mental injuries may require lifelong psychological treatment and counseling.
If you or your loved one has been bitten by a doberman, please seek medical treatment immediately. Even a small wound can be dangerous and only a doctor can properly assess the damage done and help the victim recover fully from the attack. Next it is important to report the incident to your local animal control center and police department. Take pictures of the dog and your injuries. Gather and obtain information about the owner of the dog and the details of the accident. Lastly, contact an experienced California dog bite attorney at the Liljegren Law Group at 866-613-9906.
How to defend yourself from a Doberman attack
If you find yourself threatened with a possible doberman attack, holding something up high above your head may deter the dog. Height is an advantage you have over dogs and they will be wary of you being able to bear an object down upon them if they attack. Try to stay calm and do not show any fear if possible, as dogs prefer you to be under stress before attacking. Do not turn your back on the dog or run as dogs will instinctively chase you. Back away slowly. Do not look into the dog’s eyes, instead look above the dog. Talk calmly to the dog whilst planning the best exit route and evaluate any weapons that you can muster in that moment of forced calmness.
If you have been injured by a Doberman attack, it is important to contact a California dog bite attorney immediately to protect your rights. The experienced attorneys of the Liljegren Law Group will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation, collect the important evidence, and will deal directly and firmly with the responsible parties. Call us today at 866-613-9906 for a free legal consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, La Mesa, Huntington Beach, Big Bear and Palm Desert. The Liljegren Law Group will fight aggressively to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to.