Who is Most Likely to be Attacked by a Dog?
Americans have become more and more pet friendly, with dogs being taken everywhere, where at one time you would never have expected to see a dog. Dogs used to be confined to the backyard, while today they are on every Main Street in America. While your dog may be the nicest, and most well behaved, obedient dog at home, he or she may act differently in +public. As a result of more dogs in public places, dog bites are occurring more and more frequently. Are you among the statistics of who is at greater risk for being a dog bite victim?
Studies show that males are 10% more likely to be a dog bite victim than are females, with the age group of under age 45 being the most common. The chances of being hospitalized for injuries from a dog bite attack are far greater in this age group. Being located in a rural area, makes you more susceptible to visiting an emergency room to be treated for injuries from a dog attack. Rural hospitals report 4 times more visits and 3 times more hospitalizations than in urban areas.
Being the victim of a dog bite isn’t cheap. The cost of a hospital stay for a dog bite injury runa about 50 percent higher than for an average emergency injury-related hospital stay. If you are the victim of a dog bite you need to seek immediate urgent medical care. Oftentimes, dog bite victims don’t realize how severe their injuries are. One very severe and dangerous result of a bite can be a very severe infection. Urgent treatment is required for this type of injury. Untreated, an infection can have deadly results.
If you are in the Midwest or Northeast you are at a greater risk of a serious dog attacks. If you are in the West, your risk is the least. Children are especially vulnerable. The Humane Society reports that over 5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year. Of those attacked, 60 percent are under the age of 18.
If you are in close proximity to particular breeds of dogs, your chances are increased greatly of being a dog bite victim. Certain breeds cause the majority of deaths as a result of a vicious dog mauling. Among these breeds are Bull Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers. Most serious dog attacks occur by a dog you own or one that is owned by a family member, friend or neighbor.
Just because you are in a high risk group doesn’t have to mean that you will be a dog bite victim. If you or a loved one are attacked by a dog, you need to seek immediate medical care. After receiving treatment, you will need the advice of a competent dog bite attorney. Contact Jeff Dawson, an Orange County dog bite lawyer to determine how best to proceed with your case. You may be able to recover your expenses for medical care and for pain, suffering and emotional distress. Many dog bite victims require extensive surgery and psychological care for the trauma they have experienced.