Dogs may be man’s best friend, but sometimes dogs can also be a danger to the people around them. Roughly 800,000 people seek medical attention for a dog bite in the United States every year. Occasionally, dog attacks can be deadly.
Between 2005 and 2015, 360 Americans died due to dog bites. While no dog breed is made up of all “good” or “bad” individuals, some breeds are more often responsible for fatalities. Pit bulls accounted for 232 (64.4%) of the 360 deaths during this period. Rottweilers were at fault for 41 (11.4%). Other breeds responsible for more than 3% of the total number of fatalities include German shepherd, Mastiff/Bullmastiff, Husky, mixed breed, and American bulldog.
If you are bitten by a dog or other animal, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. If left untreated, a bite can cause severe injury, infection, and even death. The next step is to contact an attorney.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the bite, you may be entitled to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Contact our office if you or a loved one has been bitten and we will help to determine if there are any legal options available to you.