According to Canine Journal, dogs bite approximately 4.5 million people every year. That’s a shocking number (although not as shocking if you consider the fact that American households keep about 90 million dogs as pets nationwide).
The good news is that over 80% of dog bites do not cause injuries requiring medical treatment according to the National Canine Research Council. In fact, your lifetime odds of being killed in a dog attack is 1 in 112,382. As a point of reference, you have a 1 in 315 chance of being killed by a gun in the US (according to a February 2018 article in Business Insider.)
If you do happen to be injured in a dog attack, what should you do?
- Get the owner’s contact info if the owner is present. You’re going to want the dog’s immunization records. Without those, you will have to be inoculated for rabies.
- Clean the would thoroughly with soap and water to stave off the risk of infection.
- If you are seriously injured, you may need to call 911. If the injury isn’t that bad and it is during your doctor’s normal office hours, you can call to see if your doctor will see you at the office or recommends that you go to the ER.
- Call the dog’s vet to ensure the animal’s immunizations are up to date.
- If you have accumulated medical bills or suffered other losses as a result of the attack, contact a personal injury attorney.
California Personal Injury Attorneys Specializing in Dog Bites
At Petrov Law Firm, we specialize in helping victims of dog bites and other animal attacks. To gain the benefits of our expertise on this topic, call us today at 619-344-0360.Read More
If you love to run, you probably recognize the need to exercise caution in certain circumstances. Road conditions, vehicles that may be sharing the road, and neighborhood dogs can all be concerns depending on where you choose to get your exercise in. Today, we’re going to look at 4 safety tips for runners if you tend to encounter dogs on your route.
- Stay alert – Most dog attacks can be avoided simply by keeping out of the animal’s way. Don’t stray into a private yard or run too close to someone who is struggling to control a dog.
- Change your route – If a neighborhood dog seems dangerous, you may want to consider mapping out a route that doesn’t go near his family home.
- Keep your distance – If you can safely cross the street or in some other way avoid a dog that has gotten lose, putting the most distance between the two of you is always a good idea.
- Know the signs – Are the dog’s hackles up? Is it growling? Is it trying to challenge you by locking stares? While you may sometimes encounter a friendly dog on your daily run, don’t engage a dog that is clearly looking for a fight.
If You Have Suffered a Dog Bite in Southern California
If you have suffered a dog bite in California while running or performing any other activity, you may be due compensation for medical bills or other losses you might have suffered. To learn more, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm in San Diego by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
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
Dog bites are on the rise across the United States and particularly in California according to some recent research. The Insurance Information Institute revealed that a third of claims against homeowners’ insurance last year were due to dog bites.
In 2016, the total amount paid out to dog bite victims was approximate $600 million. This shocking figure was in part due to the fact that medial costs have skyrocketed, resulting in thousands or even tens of thousands in medical expenses over a serious bite.
How can you protect your family from these increasingly common lawsuits?
5 Ways to Avoid a Dog Bite on Your Property
Here are 5 things you can do to protect yourself:
- Get the right breed. – A professional can help you to select a breed of dog that should be able to interact with your family and others in your neighborhood peacefully.
- Avoid dogs with a history of aggression.
- Spay or neuter your dog. – According to researchers, a dog that has not been neutered is 3 times as likely to attack.
- Don’t allow children to bother an eating or sleeping dog.
- Keep dogs social. – If your dog is isolated from people other than your immediate family, it may be particularly wary of strangers and not understand how to interact properly.
If a Member of Your Family Has Been Injured by a Dog Bite
Unfortunately, not everyone is this conscientious about their pets. If you or a member of your family has been bitten by a dog, what can you do? First of all, see a doctor immediately to have the injury evaluated. Then contact Petrov Law Firm so we can help you to receive the proper settlement of your case. The average dog bite settlement in the US was over $33,000 in 2016, but insurance companies won’t shell out that kind of money automatically. Call 619-344-0360 to get your claim started today.
In 2006, about 27,000 people sought emergency room care for dog bites. In 2015, that number was up to 39,000, a shocking increase of 44%. In that same time period, the number of people seeking treatment for dog bites who had to be admitted for care increased from 800 to 1,400 – a 75% increase. Not only are dog bites an increasingly common problem in California, but it seems the severity of the attacks has grown worse as well.
California Dog Bite Statistics
One of the reasons dog bites are becoming a bigger issue in the state is the trend toward getting larger dogs. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are far more likely to bite and do damage than many of the smaller breeds of dog.
The age groups that are most at risk are the very young and the very old. In fact, about one-quarter of dog attack deaths in the state involve children under the age of 10. The most common age group for dog bites is 5 to 9, and the second most common age range is 0 to 4. This should impress upon parents and dog owners of the need to be careful when it comes to having children near a dog.
Getting Help After a Dog Bite
Medical attention is vital after being bit by any type of animal. Unfortunately, medical bills resulting from a dog attack can reach into the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. In many cases, liability may be on the part of the owner. After receiving any emergency medical care that is needed, your next call should be to Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to determine if you are deserving of compensation. Call 619-344-0360 to get a free consultation.Read More