Why Do Dog Bites Do So Much Damage?
Because dogs have strong teeth and can exert tremendous pressure by their jaws serious damage can occur to the dog bite victim. When a dog clamps down on a leg or arm, for instance, they may not easily release their jaw, and can inflict further damage. Often, more than just a superficial breaking of the skin is involved. This can include damage to the tissues underneath the skin, which can include bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Facial wounds can be particularly serious.
What Kind of Treatments Are There For Dog Attack Victims?
Of the over 800,000 dog bite victims annually in the United States, over 30,000 victims of dog attacks have to undergo reconstructive surgery each year. Current statistics show that 15-20 people die of dog bites annually in the US. Initial treatment involves basic soap and water to clean the wound. Use basic wound treatment to avoid contamination and less the chance of spreading bacteria into the wound.
Who is at The Most at Risk For a Dog Bite?
The risk of being bitten by a dog is greatly increased if there is a dog in the home, or next door, in in the home of where you are visiting. Also the number of dogs matters- the more dogs there are, the greater the risk. Men are more often dog attack victims victims than are women. Young children, between the ages of 5 and 9 are much more likely to be bitten by a dog than are any other age group. Children are also more likely to receive medical attention for their dog mauling injuries.
How Are Dog Bite Attacks Reported?
There is no national system currently in place in the United States of America which keeps track of reports of dog bites. The requirements and guidelines of the reporting agencies and the policies they follow vary widely, from local ordinances to federal law. The original intent of reporting guidelines was to be able to track any time there was an exposure of broken skin to animal saliva. Information was also taken to be able to determine the vaccination status of the animal. An area of public health concern remains the potential of rabies exposure.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, treat the area immediately. Consider seeking medical treatment and calling the authorities if the bite is more serious than just a breaking of the skin. If you have serious dog bite injuries, you may need to contact a dog bite attorney to review your situation and determine if you may have a dog bite lawsuit.