According to Canine Journal, dogs bite children and adults because the dog is stressed, scared, feels threatened, or is ill. The dog may think he/she is protecting the owner, themselves, or even their puppies. Some dogs bite during play, which is a major reason children and dogs can be a dangerous mix. Children don’t see the risks in playing with a dog.
The Canine Journal also reported the following statistics:
- About 4.5 million dog bites happen on an annual basis.
- In 2016, 41 people died because of a dog bite. Of these fatalities:
- Pit bulls caused 22 deaths, Labradors caused 3 fatalities, and Doberman Pinchers, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, American Bulldogs, Rottweilers, and mixed-breed doges each were involved in 2 deaths.
- Young children aged three to six, and children younger than nine, suffered a disproportionate number of deaths.
- 18 of the deaths were adults 30 years or older.
- Pit bulls and Rottweilers caused the most fatal dog attacks between 2005 and 2016.
Dog owners must be aware of risks and take action to minimize liability
Dog owners should take certain precautions to minimize liability in the event that their dog bites and subsequently injures someone. Failure to neuter or spay a dog, for example, can be a factor in determining fault in dog bite cases.
Statistics from dogsbite.org state that:
- About 1,000 people daily need to go the emergency room for a dog bite injury.
- Nearly 9,500 U.S. citizens need to be admitted to the hospital because of a dog bite each year.
- Over $600 million dollars were paid out in 2016 in dog bite claims. These claims accounted for over 1/3 of all homeowner insurance liability claims.
- Nearly 20 percent of all dog bites become infected, necessitating further medical care.
- Over 28,000 people, in 2015, required expensive reconstructive surgery due to being bitten by a dog.
- The average cost of dog-bite-related hospitalization services is $18,000.
- A large percentage of dog bites happen in rural areas.
The Miami dog bite attorneys at Yeboah Law Group understand how traumatic a dog bite can be. We have a strong track record of success in holding homeowners liable for failing to monitor their dogs and ensure safety of children and visitors. Our attorneys fight to give victims compensation for their daily physical pain and suffering, their medical bills, scarring, and disfigurement. We also demand payment for lost wages if the victim is unable to work for any amount of time.