Dog Attacks At A Glance
Dogs are everywhere these days, as opposed to how most people used to keep their dogs at home in the backyard. Public events often are full of owners who like to share an outing with their dog. Generally speaking, if people enjoy spending their leisure time with Fido, it’s because Fido is pretty nice to be around. But, not always. Dog bite attacks are occurring in some measure, partly due to the fact that more people have dogs than ever before. The industry is growing at an incredible rate; statistics show that in 1994 the pet industry did 17 Billion dollars in sales. Current estimates show 2014 will be over 58 Billion. People love their pets, and dogs are at the top of the list.
Dog bites account for more than 90% of all animal bites annually in the United States. There are over 4.5 million dog bites which occur every year in the U.S. Over 30,000 victims require reconstructive surgery of some type. Many injuries may involve structures which are needed deep beneath the skin and may include muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. Facial reconstructive surgery is especially common for injuries to young children. If skin repair is necessary after a dog attack, this can increase the risk of infection. Many times, the decision to suture the skin can be at odds with the risk of infection, While there is a benefit stitches leaving a better appearing scar, infection is more likely. Infections such as tetanus or rabies, need to be considered as well. Initial wound cleaning greatly decreases the risk of serious infection.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s estimates that there are over 75 million dogs currently living in the US. Since many victims of dog bite attacks don’t seek proper medical care or bother to report the attack, it is a little unclear how many dog attacks actually occur each year, but over 880,000 dog bite victims seek emergency medical care at hospitals in the U.S. every year.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from a dog, immediately clean the wounded area with a proper disinfectant, next seek proper medical treatment. As noted above, one of the most serious consequences of a dogs bite Getting treatment right away is essential. After that, you need to consult with a dog bite lawyer to determine your dog attack lawsuit.