Although many Internet sites offer general information on dog attacks, dangerous dogs, killer dogs and dog bite law, reliable, current statistics are difficult to obtain. Most articles and other research materials cite numbers from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies and other publications from 1994 to 2001.
Some of the most commonly presented statistics are:
In 1994, there were an estimated 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S.
That same year, approximately 17 percent of dog bite victims sought medical care, and approximately 6,000 people were hospitalized after dog attacks.
Children are more likely to visit the hospital emergency room because of a dog bite, and boys ages five to nine have the highest visit rate.
In 2001, one government-sponsored study indicated that among U.S. victims seeking dog bite treatment:
A high percentage were under age 14
Arm or hand injuries were most common, followed by leg or foot, and the dog bite injuries to the face or head
Injuries included puncture, laceration, contusion, abrasion, hematoma, infection, amputation, crush, fracture and dislocation
The lack of current data aside, there are a variety of generally accepted facts about the occurrence of dog bites. These include:
Postal workers are common adult dog bite victims.
Most dog bites are not reported to authorities.
The majority of dog bite victims are familiar with the dog that attacks.
Chained dogs can be prone to biting, and can cause serious injuries and even fatalities.
Dog bite fatalities in the U.S. are rare, but they do occur in numbers generally ranging from 10 to 30 per year.
As an active San Diego dog bite attorney, we see the consequences of attacks by dangerous dogs on a frequent basis. We know we have an important role in helping dog bite victims recover damages for their serious injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite, please get the best available dog bite treatment and contact our lawyers for a free case review.
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