Dog Bites Can be Devastating
We all love our family dog. They are said to be man’s – or woman’s – best friend. Unfortunately, dogs are pets but they can still bite due to fear, anxiety, stress, aggression or medical conditions. Many times the victims of dog bites are children. A trusted dog can be startled or scared and suddenly bite. You need to know the statistics about how dog bites can occur.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
- Stress of a new situation or person
- Startled by loud noises
- Hunger or thirst
- Abuse or neglect
The Statistics for Dog Bites in the United States are Sobering.
- In a study from the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care.
- In 2018 nearly 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs. (2018 US. Plastic Surgeons Report)
- Over 70% of all dog bites happen because the dog isn’t neutered. (PetPedia.co)
- There were 36 dog bite-related fatalities in the US in 2018. (PetPedia.co)
- 5,714 postal workers were bit by dogs in 2018. (USPS)
- Homeowners insurance paid $675 million in dog bite and dog injury-related liability claims in 2018. (PetPedia.co)
- The statistics show that 25% of fatal canine attacks were caused by dogs who were chained. (Woofdog.org)
- And according to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), half of the injured people are children, most of them are between the ages of 5 to 9.
- Kids ages four and younger are mostly injured around the neck and head region. What is noticed in studies, is that these injuries are lower for girls than for boys.
- The number of people from the U.S. who were hospitalized for pet attacks doubled in the last 15 years. This average hospital stay costs around 18 500 dollars. In rural areas, the number of attacks and hospital stays was much higher, almost four times more than in urban regions. (Woofdog.org)
Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault Can Help You
Dog bite attacks are scary, can be serious and cause disfigurement. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, contact us today for a Free Case Evaluation. As personal injury dog bite attorneys, we have dedicated our careers to protecting the rights of individuals from negligent corporations and insurance companies. You can rely on us to relentlessly pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive. Please call us at 419-843-6663 or use our online form to request a free consultation. We represent injury victims in Ohio and southeast Michigan.