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Dog Bite Injuries

By David PeelDavid Peel

While dogs are man’s best friend, dog bites can cause severe personal injury and death. The danger is much greater to children. There are at least 4.7 million dog bites annually in the United States, and many require medical attention.
82 percent of dog bite injuries that are treated in emergency rooms involve children under the age of 15.
Other statistics are equally staggering:
•    50 percent of dog attacks involve children under 12 years of age
•    70 percent of dog-bite fatalities occur among children under 10 years of age
•    Dog bite rates are much higher among children who are 5 to 9 years of age
•    Unsupervised newborns are 370 times more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog
These statistics demonstrate that personal injury due to dog bites is unfortunately common, and even more so considering the fact that the insurance industry pays over $1 billion in dog bite claims each year.
The most vulnerable areas of the body are the hands, the arms, the face, and the head, and these are likely to receive the most damage in the event of a dog attack.
The scars left by a dog bite can last a lifetime. Moreover, temporary or permanent damage can be sustained to muscles, tendons, and bones, and in some cases infection can occur. This could result in numerous surgeries to repair and sometimes reconstruct damaged tissue, and to combat infection. In some cases, the injuries can be serious enough to cause death. And while dog bites can cause injury to the body, the emotional impact can be equally traumatic and last many years.
Healing from personal injuries sustained from dog bites can be costly both in terms of money and time. In additional to having to pay medical bills, which can be exorbitant, a dog bite victim may not be able to work, which could mean losing much needed income. Securing compensation from a dog owner’s insurance provider can be a difficult endeavor.
In the meantime, teach your child never to get eye to eye with a dog and smile, because a dog may take that as an aggressive challenge while bearing one’s teeth!
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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