Dog Attack and Dog Bite Law Firm

The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm helps folks get the recovery they need after being involved in a vicious dog attack or dog bite accident.

Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Dog Attack And Dog Bite

Our best friend bites more than 4.7 million people a year, and medical and dog experts believe that public education can help prevent these devastating bite injuries.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

The second full week of April is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the United States Postal Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are each working to educate Americans about dog bite prevention.

A dog bite can lead to serious injuries from the dog owner’s negligence or recklessness. The physical damage and emotional scars associated with a dog bite can last a lifetime.

Many times there are significant medical costs associated with recovering from a dog bite. Usually, the face, head and neck suffer the brunt of the injury as a result of a dog bite or attack. This can require extensive and repeated plastic surgery at an enormous cost. Dog bites are according to experts, cost victims many millions dollars annually.

Dog Bite and Dog Attack Statistics

According to the The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), dog bite data show that almost 5 million people suffer from dog bites every year. Almost 400,000 people, require medical attention for these dog bites.

Tragically, more than a dozen people die each year from injuries sustained by dog bites. More than half of the dog bite and dog attack victims are children.

Around two-thirds of dog bite incidents occur on the dog owner’s property. Typically unrestrained dogs, without leases, off their owner’s property also account for a large percentage of dog bites.

Dog Bite Statistics

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Cocker Spaniels, Collies and Akitas to be the highest risk dogs. Unfortunately almost any breed of dog is capable of inflicting serious, even fatal, injuries.

There is approximately 85 million dogs living in U.S. homes, and unfortunately millions of people—most of them children—are bitten by dogs every year. According to experts most of these bites, if not all, are preventable.

The Insurance Information Institute reported that in 2020, insurance companies paid $853.7 million for 16,991 dog bite and injury claims.

Interestingly the number of dog-related injury claims decreased 4.6% compared to 2019, the amount paid for these claims increased 7.1%—a record high. The average claim payment was $50,245 in 2020, up 12.3% from $44,760 in 2019.

According to State Farm’s claim information, there were more dog-related injury claims in March 2020 than in any other month in 2020, with a reported 21.6 percent increase in dog bites compared to March of 2019.

The increase seen in March 2020 was likely due, according to experts, to the change in routines at the start of pandemic lockdowns, when dogs were dealing with owner stress and more people were around the house throughout the day. Some experts are concerned about another disruption—this time cause by the easing of restrictions for activities outside the home—that could lead to another increase in bites.

Pit Bull and Rottweiler Dog Attack Deaths

There are some breeds whose bites can be much more dangerous than others. “Pit bull” type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of the dog bite related fatalities.

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Our Dallas Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorneys handle a various types of personal injury claims, including Vehicle Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injuries, Product Liability, Defective Products, Slip and Fall Premises Liability, Day Care Abuse, Maritime Injuries, and Workplace Injuries. Call 214-390-3189 or Contact Us Online for immediate assistance with your case today!

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