Seeking Medical Care and Legal Advice After a Dog Bite
There are about a thousand people who require emergency care and treatment every single day in the United States for dog bite injuries. Are these attacks really that serious, and should you worry about the dogs in your neighborhood?
Understanding How Dangerous a Dog Bite Can Be
While everyone’s situation is different, it is important to understand how dangerous a dog bite can really be. Even a bite from a small puppy can lead to infection that damages the body in irreparable ways. While not all dog attacks are vicious, it’s still the responsibility of the dog’s owner to compensate you for any medical care or damages you accrue.
There are some dog breeds that are more prone to violence; these include breeds such as Cane Corsos, Shar Peis, Boxers, Rottweilers and Pitbulls. Around 86 percent of attacks by these breeds lead to bodily harm of some kind.
Dog Bite Statistics
The average cost of a dog bite related injury is $18,200 when the person has to be hospitalized. Maybe surprisingly is that its rural areas where more dog bites are likely to occur. Statistics from 2008 show there were four times as many dog-bite related emergency department visits outside urban areas.
Whether you’re bit by a pet of a friend or a stray, it’s important for the owner to be tracked down and for the animal to be secured. Knowing the animal’s vaccination records is important for your treatment. After you’re treated for your injuries, you may be able to obtain compensation from the dog’s owner; in most locations, the owner is held to strict liability and most take responsibility. Our website has more information.