The German Shepherd, also known as an Alsatian, is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. It’s origin dates back to 1899. The German Shepherd is a working dog developed originally for herding and guarding sheep. Because of its strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training it is often employed in police and military roles around the world. The breed is not necessarily considered aggressive by nature, but highly protective which can lead to aggression. Poorly bred or untrained German Shepherds are capable of inflicting tremendous damage to humans and other animals because of their speed and powerful bites.
German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. However, some reports estimate that German Shepherds are responsible for the highest number of dog attacks out of all breeds of dog. Additional studies show that they are more prone to attacking people than any other dog, and that bites from a German Shepherd cause the highest number of bites needing medical attention.
German Shepherds were bred specifically for their intelligence. They have been ranked third for intelligence, behind Border Collies and Poodles and have been able to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions. German Shepherds have a reputation for being very safe. However, in the United States, one report suggests that they are responsible for more reported bitings than any other breed.
German Shepherds have extremely strong bite pressure with a force of 238 to 750 pounds. Their bites can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been been injured by a German Shepherd attack or bite you should contact the dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group. Our attorneys have extensive experience in dog bite cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. A German Shepherd attack may cause broken bones, puncture wounds, or injuries to your face. Unfortunately, they might also cause scarring, which can take a toll on you emotionally. It is important to contact a California dog bite lawyer at the Liljegren Law Group to help you with your case and help you with the high medical bills you may be faced with. Our experienced lawyers understand the stress and pain that comes with dog bite and attacks and will protect your legal rights.
Attacks or bites caused by German Shepherds may cause such as injuries as:
- Deep lacerations and cuts
- Tissue damage
- Crushed bones or fractures
- Facial structure damage
- Nerve injuries
- Brain damage
German Shepherd dog bites or attacks can also include emotional issues that are related to the injuries caused. Some injury victims face post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some measures to prevent dog bites include:
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog
- Never run from a dog or scream in the presence of a dog
- Be still, “like a tree,” when approached by a dog
- If knocked down, become “like a log”
- Children should never play with a dog without an adult present
- Immediately report stray dogs or dogs with unusual behavior
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog
- Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies
- Do not pet a dog without letting it first sniff you
- Tell children to report a dog bite to an adult immediately
If you have been attacked by a German Shepherd, or are coping with the loss of a loved one in a fatal mauling, talk with us about your situation and get honest advice about your options for pursuing civil justice. Call our office today at 866-613-9906 for a free legal consultation.