A dog may be referred to as man's best friend; however, a dog is still an animal and is equipped with instincts. Even if a dog has never shown any signs of being aggressive or has bit anyone in the past, any dog, or animal for that matter, with teeth has the propensity to bite a person. Thus, it is important for dog owners to take action to reduce and even prevent such attacks or incidents. The failure to do so in the state of California, as well as other states, could result in penalties faced by the dog owner.
With dog bite prevention week falling in the month of April, it is important to highlight the concerns surrounding this issue. To begin, roughly 4.5 million dog bites are reported each year in the U.S., and these incidents result in roughly one if five cases requiring treatment in the emergency department. Looking back a few years, from 2010 to 2012, there were roughly 359,000 reports of a child being bitten by a dog. Compare that to the 6,244 reported cases of a postal worker being bit by a dog in 2017.
Another statistic to look at is the number of homeowner liability insurance claims associated with dog bites. According to current figures, they account for roughly a third, paying out an average of $37,051 per claim in 2017. In 2017, this rate rose by 2.2 percent and the cost of claims went up 11 percent. Researchers believe that these increases are attributed to the increase in the severity of injuries suffered in a dog bite incident. Based on these facts and figures, suffering a dog bite is a real possibility and could result in serious injuries to the victim involved.
Suffering a dog bite or attack can be a shocking and traumatic event. Whether or not one is a dog person or not, being hurt by a domesticated animal can have serious long-term effects on a victim. Thus, it is important for one to consider the recourses available to them. Filing a personal injury action does not only address liability issues. This civil action could help with the recovery of compensation to address the physical, emotional and financial damages caused by the dog bite.