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Dog Bites Man – Who is at Fault?
While the neighbor down the street may not think his dog could ever bite anyone at all, under any circumstances, you should know better. Many pros will tell you that people get bitten by dogs for various reasons. You might see a dog you don’t know, and note that it looks lost. It’s not acting in an aggressive manner, it’s just kind of walking around. You might go up to it with the best of intentions, and suddenly you are a dog bite victim.
As much as we Americans love man’s best friend, one thing is certain: dogs bite. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, states that each year there are more 4 million people, including both adults and children who suffer from being bitten by dogs. Approximately 25% of these dog attacks require an emergency hospital visit. That is over 1 million emergency care visits a year due to a dog bite.
Pets, especially dogs, are everywhere these days. Take a look at the increased spending by consumers in the pet care and services industry. Remember the mom & pop pet shop located in your town where it was fun to visit and see cute puppies and kitties in the front window? Now, this is a 50 billion dollar a year segment of the American economy, and shows no chance of slowing down anytime soon. With what is estimated to be over 78 million pet dogs, the US also has the largest percentage of dog attacks in the world.
Sadly; and unfortunately, all too tragically, most dog bites involve children under 10 years of age. Injuries to the face are the most common for a dog bite victim. Most bites occur in the home or property of a trusted family member, friend or well known neighbor. Your neighbor’s loving pet often can become aggressive and attack without provocation. While all dog breeds can suddenly become vicious, some breeds are just more likely to be involved in a dog bite attack. Everyone knows about the well publicized dangers of a Pit Bull or Rottweiler, but Cocker Spaniels and Poodles actually bite more often, just not with such tragic results.
If you or a loved one have been a dog bite victim. your average cost for treating the dog bite wounds can end up close to $25,000. The risk of the wound becoming infected is significant, and can be worse than the initial attack. It is imperative that you receive proper medical care for the dog attack injuries. Besides the initial emergency medical treatment, you may be facing ongoing professional care which may include plastic surgery. There may be difficult to repair damage and scarring, sometimes two or more surgeries are necessary. Oftentimes, as the the dog attack was such a traumatic event, the dog bite victim might even need to receive professional counseling for the emotional issues involved.
If you or a family member have been bitten by dog and suffered injuries, immediately seek medical care. Even if you do not think the wounds are very serious, you still need to be cleared by a physician. Make sure that you know if the dog involved was up to date on their shots and immunizations. the next step is to seek legal counsel. You need a good dog bite attorney to guide you through the process and help determine a fair settlement for your dog bite attack.