The CDC estimates that of the 4.7 million dog bite attacks that occur each
year, nearly 800,000 victims require medical attention immediately. Statistics
shown that 34 fatalities were reported in 2015 alone. These numbers are
scary – motivating Jones & Swanson to provide helpful information
to Georgians who may at some time find themselves facing this type of
The most common cause of
dog bites is due to the animal feeling stressed, scared, or threatened. Bites have
also been reported during rough play with a dog – as they become
over excited. Regardless, it is important that you do everything you can
to avoid making a dog feel these emotions. There are also certain breeds
that have been attributed to more dog bites than others, such as pit bulls.
While it is important to be mindful of dangerous breeds, it is just as
important to remember that each dog is unique – regardless of the breed.
Here are some of the most frequent mistakes made by victims following dog
- Not seeking medical care right away – Regardless of how serious the
injury may look, a dog’s mouth is home to bacteria that can easily
lead to infection. In serious situations, complications can spread to
other areas of the body if not treated appropriately. Any time the skin
is broken, a doctor’s visit is necessary.
- Not contacting the authorities – Local authorities and animal control
should be contacted as soon as possible following a dog attack. While
this may not be the first thing on your mind after being injured, it is
important that the event is documented, animal is quarantined for rabies
observation, and investigations are conducted.
- Not documenting injuries – Photos and notes should be taken soon
after a dog bite attack so that the severity of the situation can be proven later on.
- Attempting to settle a claim without a personal injury attorney –
Studies show that victims represented by an attorney have claims that
settle for 3.5 times higher than their counterparts who try to represent
While we hope that you never have to face the upsetting reality of a dog
attack, we know that statistically many Georgians will at some point in
their lives. If you know someone who is searching for information on what
to do after a dog attack, feel free to provide contact information for
Jones & Swanson. We are always happy to provide legal expertise to
those injured due to another’s negligence.