Any Dog Can Bite, And They Do: 800,000 Bites a Year

The CDC reports that 800,000 Americans seek medical treatment for dog bites each year. Each year emergency rooms treat 386,000 victims of dog bites and on average 16 people die from dog attacks.

Reported Dog Bites

The Georgia Department of Public Health believes that only 17% of dog bites are ever reported. Statistically about half of the bites occur in children with children between the ages of five and nine having the highest incidence of bites. Mailmen, meter readers, utility workers, and other similar occupations are also exposed to the potential of dog bites on a daily basis because of the nature of their work. If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, know that a premises liability attorney may be able to get you compensation for the physical and mental trauma you’ve experienced.

Over the years some breeds have gotten a bad name for being involved in dog attacks, but any dog can bite. The CDC suggests several tips for safety around dogs.

Tips For Safety Around Dogs

• Never approach an unfamiliar dog
• Do not run away from a dog, dogs naturally chase things
• Remain motionless with arms at your sides when approached by an unfamiliar dog
• If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still
• Don’t let children play with or be left alone with a dog unless supervised by an adult
• Report stray dogs or dogs demonstrating unusual behavior
• Avoid direct eye contact with a dog
• Don’t disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
• Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see you and sniff you first
• Never hold your face close to a dog
• Teach young children to be careful around pets and to ask permission before petting a dog

Premises Liability Attorney

Being bitten or attacked by a dog can leave more than physical scars. The emotional trauma, especially to children can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog you should seek the advice of Kennesaw and Marietta premises liability attorney Andrew Jones who is knowledgeable about the legal issues involved in dog bite cases. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering from a dog bite.