Millions of Americans attacked by dogs annually

A report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that one of the most common types of household injuries in the United States, including Florida, involves family pets. Statistics show that animal bites, particularly from dogs, send millions of men, women and children to the emergency room each year.

Statistics show that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with hundreds of thousands of those individuals requiring medical attention. Non-fatal dog bites that require medical attention far outpace those that leave no injury or that are fatal to the victim.

The most common victims of dog bite injuries were children between the ages of 5 and 9 with those injuries far more common in young males than in young females. As for the locations of dog bite injuries, they have been found to be most common on the victims’ hands and arms, followed closely by bites to the leg and foot and then the head and neck. Punctures, lacerations, bruising and hematomas are the most common physical injuries with the most severe reported involving infections in deep bites and broken bones.

Any dog attack can be a life-altering experience for a child or adult. Many bites require a doctor’s attention with continued medical intervention to ward off infection and complications. The costs of these problems add up over time, which leads the families of many victims to consider pursuing a lawsuit against the owner of the dog at fault. Anyone who has been a victim of a dog attack may wish to contact an attorney to get a full consultation prior to moving forward with legal action.

Source: CDC.gov, “Nonfatal Dog Bite–Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments — United States,” July 4, 2003

Source: CDC, “Dog Bites“, September 29, 2014