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 unfortunate situation.
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 bite attacks:
- 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 themselves.
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.