Dog Bite and Animal Injuries
- Nationwide, 4.7 million people are bit by dogs each year
- Of these people, 800,000 seek medical attention
- 50% of those seeking medical attention are children
- 386,000 people bitten require emergency room visits
- The highest percentage of bites is seen in children aged 5-9
- Each year, 16 people die from dog bites
A dog bite or other animal injury is one of the most traumatic injuries one can experience. Sadly, statistics show that children are at an especially high risk for being bitten and that the animal involved is often a cherished pet of a friend or family member. It is no surprise that emotions run high in these cases.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack, it is likely that obstacles will linger long beyond the physical wounds heal. Who will pay the medical costs? Will you receive compensation for time off work? Will you have lasting psychological damage from that attack?
Part of the process of recovering from an animal attack involves reviewing your case with an experienced injury lawyer. At Ariano & Associates, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to answer questions about your case.
Having a pet can add love and companionship to a household. Unfortunately, animals also have the potential to cause serious bodily injury.
Click through the adjacent links to learn more about animal safety. If you have been injured by an animal bite, an experienced injury lawyer from Ariano & Associates, PLLC can help.
Use these tips from the CDC to prevent dog bites from occuring.
- 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.
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
Before adding a pet to your home, consider these important steps.
- Consult with a professional (e.g., veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or responsible breeder) to learn about suitable breeds of dogs for your household.
- Dogs with histories of aggression are inappropriate in households with children.
- Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog and, if so, delay acquiring a dog.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into the home of an infant or toddler. Spay/neuter virtually all dogs (this frequently reduces aggressive tendencies).
- Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.
If you have been bit by an animal, here are some steps to follow.
Seek Medical Attention
Even seemingly mild animal bites can be very serious. Use judgement and seek medical attention for all animal bites that have broken skin or caused other injury.
If you have been bit by an animal, it is important that you obtain all pertinent information from parties involved, including contact information and animal vaccination history.
Seek Attorney Advice
If you have been injured due to an animal bite, don’t hesitate to contact an injury attorney. At Ariano & Associates, PLLC our attorneys offer free consultations to discuss your case.