Dog bites are an extremely common cause of injury and the need for extensive medical care. But the fact is that one dog breed rises above the rest when it comes to danger. You may already know which breed it is, but what you may not know is just how serious the issue has become.
Important Dog Bite Statistics
ResearchGate published the statistics from a study on dog bites. The research discussed the frequency of dog bites as well as how often operative procedures are needed to care for injuries. One particular breed stood out in the study – pit bulls.
In the eight studies that were compiled by researchers, pit bulls were responsible for the most attacks. They were also responsible for the majority of serious injuries and fatalities. According to one of the largest studies, about a quarter of dog attack injuries suffered by children were caused by pit bulls, and two-thirds of those attacks led to surgical procedures. The data also showed that pit bulls were 250% more likely to get in serious bites in multiple locations, thereby increasing the amount of damage done and medical treatment required.
But what if it is your family’s pit bull? Doesn’t that make it safer? Unfortunately, familiarity increases the risks across the board for dog bites. As much as 45% of dog bites are from the family dog, not one that you or a child meets for the first time.
If You Have Been Injured in a Dog Attack
If someone else’s dog has caused you harm, you may be able to recoup your medical expenses or other damages, especially if negligence was involved. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm today for free consultation by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
While dog bites are a preventable injury, more than 300,000 children end up in the ER each year due to an incident with a dog. According to the CDC, children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the at the greatest risk. Shockingly, more than half of dog bites come from family pets and not a strange animal. The CDC also warns that the number of dogs in a home increase the likelihood of being bit.
So the first way to protect your children is to be careful about the breed of dog you bring into your home (almost all serious injuries and fatalities are related to pit bulls), and to keep the number of dogs in the home to just one (risk of injury increases by 5 times as you add more dogs).
However, since many bites still occur outside the home, here are 4 tips to help protect your kids:
- Don’t allow children to play with a dog unsupervised.
- Teach children not to approach dogs they don’t know.
- Show your child how to know when a dog is defensive or scared (perhaps by using pictures). Then encourage the child never to make eye-contact with a frightened dog.
- Dogs are most likely to attack in groups, so instruct your children never to approach a group of dogs, even if they seem friendly (i.e., a dog walker with several dogs).
If You or Your Child Suffers a Dog Bite
When bitten by a dog, seeking medical attention is the first step. Then it is time to call Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages or losses you and your family may have suffered. Call 619-344-0360 today to set up a free consultation.Read More
Approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, half of which are children. Dog attacks can happen virtually anywhere and under any circumstance. When they do occur and someone else is injured, regardless if they initiated contact, as a dog owner, you will be held liable by the injured party.
If you are a dog owner, is there such a thing as a safe haven for you and your dog? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is nearly never yes. Even in an environment created and reserved for dog-dog/dog-human interactions such as a dog park, you are responsible for your pet’s behavior. While dog parks may be a place where the city suspends its leash laws, the laws that govern liability for human or animal injury still apply.
What happens if your dog attacks while inside your home? If there is a guest present and they are injured in the attack, you are still liable, even if the attack occurs in your own home. While there is very little law that directly applies to in-home dog attack injuries, most courts will side with the predominant opinions that point to laying the burden on the owner of the aggressive dog. As long as another person is injured in an attack involving your pet, you as the pet owner will be held responsible, no matter what the setting.
If you or your dog was attacked, whether at a dog park or at someone’s home, the law is on your side. You need to contact a lawyer immediately so that you and the lawyer can begin to collect sufficient evidence to bring suit against the other dog owner. You will need to locate eye-witnesses and get medical records from your doctor and your veterinarian. The sooner you ask a lawyer for help, the more likely the case will settle in your favor.Read More
More and more people in California are bringing companion animals with them everywhere they go. Unfortunately, not all of the animals that are classified as companion animals are equally trained, and some could still be likely to bite. If you’ve been bitten by an animal in public, make sure to collect the name of the owner along with the names of witnesses. Then contact a personal injury attorney to help you find out how you can proceed.
There are two classification of companion animals. The first are professionally trained, working animals. Professionally trained companion animals go through an extensive selection process to eliminate any animal that might be aggressive or uncooperative. Then, the animals that are selected for training spend years learning self control along with companion skills to finally reach certification. These animals can go anywhere the owner goes — from restaurants to airplanes. These animals are extremely intelligent and are very unlikely to bite anyone.
The second form of companion animals are emotional support animals. While dogs are the most common emotional support animal, cats, birds, and rabbits (among others) can also be considered as companions. These emotional support animals do not receive any training and are not able to self regulate their behavior any better than a common household pet. In addition, getting a doctor to say you need a companion animal is fairly easy and inexpensive.
In California, the law prevents most commercial establishments from demanding a form of proof for the companion animal. (Demanding proof can be seen as an act of discrimination.) Some consumers take advantage of this law and simply buy a companion animal vest, knowing that no one can demand proof. And while interpretations vary, the current laws might not even allow emotional support animals in eating establishments; but because of the discrimination laws, no one can ask for proof.
So because of the complex and conflicting laws, untrained dogs are everywhere. While many of those animals are legitimate, working dogs, some are not. So if you’ve been bitten by a stranger’s dog, consult a lawyer. The dog isn’t likely a true working animal, and you are well within your rights (and morals) to demand compensation for your injury.Read More