Many people in New York may have had the experience of being bitten by a dog and lived to tell the tale. Yet, it is important to remember that dog bite wounds can be quite serious and lead to infections that if left untreated, may result in traumatic complications.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are roughly 4.5 million dog bite incidents each year in the United States. Of these, 900,000 become infected. As of 2017, the population in the US is approximately 325.8 million people, which means 1 out of every 72 people is bitten by a dog. Statistics also reveal that about 1,000 people in the US are bitten by a dog each day – these bites cause injuries that are serious enough to require emergency care treatment. While many cases involve private dog owners, there are also many cases that involve police dogs. Unfortunately, some cases are extremely serious with people sustaining severe injuries caused by bites inflicted by police dogs. If you have been a victim of a police dog attack, you should find out if you have a viable case to file a personal injury lawsuit against the police officers handling the dog.
Each year, several hundred Americans are bitten by animals – mostly by dogs. In many of these cases, the person bitten by the dog may have a legal right to recover damages from the responsible party. According to a report issued by the CDC, close to 4.5 million dog bites occur in the US every year, and 900,000 of the bites get infected. Since the US population is about 325.8 million people as of 2017, it suggests that a dog bites about 1 of every 72 persons. These are rather scary statistics. But, scary can become a lot less so, if you are armed with the right arsenal of information.
Why do Dogs Generally Bite?
Dogs do not really bite unless provoked. They could bite:
According to statistics, about 1,000 people in the United States require emergency medical treatment each day for serious dog bite injuries. About 9,500 people are hospitalized each year as a result of injuries sustained from dog bites. In 2016, 31 fatalities related to dog bites occurred in the US. Pit bulls and Rottweilers, the second most dangerous dog breed, together accounted for 77% of the total deaths recorded in the same year. Statistics also reveal that from 2005 to 2016, 254 Americans were killed by pit bulls (some people believe they should be outlawed) – that is, about 1 person every 17 days – while 43 people were killed by Rottweilers – that is, 1 person every 102 days.
Woman from Ithaca Files a Lawsuit After Being Bitten by a Police Dog
Every year, millions of adults and children are attacked by animals and seriously injured, or often killed. Dog bites are one of the most common animal attacks on humans, a majority of them being stray animals. Children are the most vulnerable to these attacks, and wrongful death caused by animal bites can be devastating for the victim’s family.
Children must be taught to keep themselves safe while approaching animals, and public authorities must pursue the necessary precautions to prevent these unforeseen attacks on innocent civilians.