Owning a dog is a very rewarding experience. Whether it is a person’s first pet dog or not, it is clear that dog ownership comes with many responsibilities. While that means that the dog needs proper nutrition and care, it also means that the dog owner ensures that others are safe around the dog. Even when a dog does not present any dangerous propensities, it is possible for that dog to lash out or attack another person. Such an event could cause the dog bite victim to suffer serious injuries.
In the U.S., roughly 1,000 individuals are brought into the emergency department for a serious dog bite injury. It was found that around 9,500 people are hospitalized each year because of dog bites. Roughly 4.5 million dog bites occur each year and nearly 1 out of 5 bites become infected.
With regards to the location of where these bites occur, there were 4 times as many emergency room visits for dog bite and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas. It was discovered that adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten in comparison to those living without dogs.
At the current rate of dog bites, they occur about every 75 seconds, with 1000 citizens needing emergency medical for these injuries. Victims of a dog bite suffer $1 billion in monetary losses each year; however, it is estimated to be as high at $2 billion.
When a dog bite occurs, it is important for victims to understand their rights and options. This means understand who the dog owner is, whether it is an aggressive dog and if the dog owner was negligent. This can help prove cause and liability, helping the dog bite victim recover compensation.