Suffering a dog bite can scar you physically. But it can also leave pervasive psychological scars that affect you for the rest of your life. An experienced dog bite lawyer in Arizona understands that these psychological effects can change how you live your life, socialize and where you choose to go in the community. One dog bite can make you apprehensive about being around these much-loved animals that so many people claim are man’s best friends.
When you or your child are bitten by a dog, it is important that the owner of the animal is held accountable for their dog’s behavior. Injuries and associated expenses mean you will possibly be able to recover some of those costs, with the help of a qualified Arizona dog bite lawyer.
If you have been attacked by a dog, speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer.
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Statistics of Dog Bite Attacks in America
In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs, according to the 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
In 2015, 34 people in America were fatally injured by dog attacks. 82 percent of the dogs involved in these deaths were pit bulls.
Pit bulls and Rottweilers made up a total of 91 percent of 2015 death by dogs. Pit bulls kill one American every 17 days, as reported in 2005. Rottweilers kill one American every 98 days, according to the same time period.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s 2008 report entitled, “Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites,” there were 9,500 patients who had to remain in the hospital for at least 24 hours after a 2008 dog bite. Of all injured victims, including hospitalized and non-hospitalized, the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, approximately 50 percent higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
A study of dog bites released in the journal “Pediatrics” in 1994, reported the following details of dog bites occurring in Denver as a sample community:
- Dog bite victim median age was 12 years old, with a range from one to 83 years
- 7% of victims were male
- 40% of child victims aged 12 or younger were bitten on the face, head or neck
- 8% of all victims suffered severe injuries
- 5% of bites occurred on public grounds
- 30% of bites happened in the owner’s yard
- 9% occurred in the owner’s home
- 4% of bites occurred in the victim’s own yard
Safest breeds from this study include:
- Golden retriever
- Labrador retriever
- Scottish terrier
- Shetland sheep dogs
Dogs that bit victims in this study were more likely to live with one or more children in their home, particularly with children aged ten years or younger.
Most Dangerous Dog Breeds, According to Dog Bite Statistics
According to statistics provided from the U.S. and Canada for dog bites occurring between 1986 and 2014, the following dog breeds are the most likely to injure people through bites or other attacks:
- Pit bulls
- Presa canaries
- Cane corsos
- Dogo argentines
- Fila brasieros
- Mixes of the above breeds
These breeds make up only 9.2 percent of all dogs owned in the U.S. and Canada, yet inflicted the following injuries:
- 86% of attacks causing bodily injury
- 81% of attacks to children
- 89% of attacks to adults
- 76% of fatal attacks
- 86% of maiming attacks
Injuries Suffered By Dog Bite Victims
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a May 2015 report, 4.5 million dog attacks occur each year in the U.S. One out of five of those bites become seriously infected. Physical injuries that dog bite victims most frequently suffer include:
- Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections
- Open wounds of extremities
- Open wounds of head, neck, and trunk
- Fractures of upper limbs
Laws Provide Help for Dog Bite Victims
There are strict liability laws regarding dog attacks in. Even when you do not believe your bite to be serious, you should seek medical help immediately. This is because 20 percent of all dog bites become seriously infected, leading to bigger problems for people who did not believe they needed medical treatment in the first place. It can take days for such an infection to appear after the dog bite.
When you are bitten by a dog, any dog bite lawyer will agree that it is important that you document as much of the information about the attack as you can. Location, circumstances of the attack, witnesses, injuries sustained, medical reports and other details should be compiled. You also need to ensure you gain the owner’s information, including name, address and any other details you can. It helps to gain a police report of the incident, which police provide after being called on the scene of such an incident.
To ensure your needs are covered through compensation you are due for medical expenses and other costs of your injuries, call an experienced dog bite lawyer. The attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law in Phoenix have extensive experience in dog bite attacks and will work for you to gain the compensation you deserve. Call Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law at 602-691-7278 for more information and a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.