Dog Bites and Dog Attacks
Approximately 4.7 million people are attacked and
bitten by dogs in the United States each year. Of
these, approximately 800,000 victims require medical
care for the injuries sustained from the attack, and
between 10-20 victims die. Roughly 30% of attacks
involve unrestrained dogs off the owner's property,
22% involve a restrained dog on the owner's property,
and 48% involve an unrestrained dog on the owners
A frequent target of dog attacks is the face,
accounting for approximately 44,000 injuries in US
hospitals each year. Injuries to the face include
abrasions, tissue loss and avulsion, lacerations,
crushing wounds, punctures, and fractured bones.
Other frequent targets include hands, arms, and lower
extremities. These injuries can result in permanently
disfiguring scars. Further, injuries from a dog bite
resulting in wounds are likely to become infected.
Over half of those attacked are children. Indeed,
it is estimated that a child has a nearly 50% chance
of having a serious dog bite by the time they reach
the age of 14. One in ten dog attacks involve
Dog attacks are so common that almost one in three
claims against a homeowner's insurance involve a dog
bite. In 1994 alone, insurance companies paid
approximately $1 Billion for injuries resulting
from dog attacks.
Typically, victims of of a dog attack have a limited
period of time to pursue a claim.
If you have been bitten by or otherwise injured by
a dog, it is important to
immediately consult with an attorney.
Our law firm, together with the network of other
law firms that we work with, helps victims of
personal injury nationally.
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