Know The Truth About Dog Bite Injuries In the U.S.
If you or a loved one was injured in an attack by a dog, you are not alone. It can be easy to think that you were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and that there is nothing you can do to hold the dog’s owner responsible for your injuries.
Dog attacks are common, however, and having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you, your child or another close relative obtain the compensation needed to deal with the physical and psychological effects of being bitten by a dog. Our firm represents clients throughout the Houston area and across Texas who have been victimized by dogs and their negligent owners. We encourage you to call 281-407-6611 or 800-346-0139 for a free consultation so that we can evaluate your injuries and determine if you have a case.
Did You Know?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:
- More than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year.
- Almost 20 percent – or roughly 1 million – of these people require medical attention because of a dog bite.
- More than half the people who need medical care for a dog bite are children.
- In the eight-year period from 2005 to 2012, two dog breeds accounted for 73 percent of the attacks that resulted in death: Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.
- 71 percent of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42 percent in the past four years; 24 percent in the past two years.
- In 2012, roughly one-third, 32 percent, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred.
- In the three-year period of 2006 to 2008, 18 percent of all fatal dog attacks occurred off owner property. Pit bulls were responsible for 81 percent of these attacks.
- Over 30 countries across the world regulate dangerous dog breeds with breed-specific laws, including France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
- A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50 percent higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
- Dog attack victims suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually. JAMA reports this estimate to be as high as $2 billion.
- Dogs bite more than 4.7 million people a year.
- Each year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and 16 die.
Tips On Preventing Dog Bites
Teach children basic safety around dogs and review regularly:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not run from a dog and scream.
- Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., “be still like a log”).
- Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
Set Up Your Free Consultation With Our Knowledgeable Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been attacked, bitten and injured by a dog, speak with our experienced Texas lawyers to learn your options. Contact our offices in Houston or Katy by sending an email or call 281-407-6611. You can also call toll-free at 800-346-0139.
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