BLOG

Dog Bite Statistics And Injuries


It is difficult to know exactly if and when a dog is going to bite someone in a certain situation. This is often determined by the dog’s breed and background. If a dog has bitten before, it will almost certainly bite again. Socialization is crucial, especially during the puppy years.

Dog owners must provide ample opportunities for puppies to be around new people, socialize with other dogs and be exposed to different environments. Exposure to different people and settings can help dogs gain confidence. When a dog feels secure, it will generally refrain from biting because it does not feel the need to defend itself.

All dogs are capable of biting, but the ones who have been properly trained will feel less of a need to bite. It is especially important to closely monitor a dog’s exposure to children, since young kids are more likely to be bitten than adults. Due to small body size, dog bites to children are often more serious and can even be fatal.

Dog Bite Statistics And Injuries

Dogs are widely considered to be man’s best friend, but this isn’t true for the 4.5 million Americans who are attacked by a dog each year. Dog bites are a huge liability for insurance companies. In fact, many companies refuse to even provide homeowner’s insurance for those who own certain breeds, such as pit bulls. Dog bites can cause serious injuries or death. Victims commonly suffer lacerations, infections, scarring and disfigurement. Some victims even require skin grafts, surgeries, and lifelong trauma due to the event.

What Is The Average Dog Bite Claim Payout?

In 2014, dog bite claim payouts were at their highest ever. The number of claims decreased by more than 800 since 2013, but the total claim cost skyrocketed to $530 million, as compared to $212 million in 2004. The average dog bite claim paid out just over $32,000. New York has the third highest number of dog bite claims in the country, with an average claim payout of $56,600.

Most Dangerous Dog Breads

Top Ten most dangerous dog breeds

Dog Owner Liability

A dog owner can be sued if his or her dog attacks another person. Each state has its own laws regarding dog bite liability, but in many cases, the dog owner is held liable for any injuries caused by the resulting bite. In California, a dog does not get “one free bite.” In other words, a dog owner can be held liable the first time that his or her dog bites or attacks another person.

A dog owner may be forced to compensate the victim for damage such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement and more. These damages are commonly paid out via a homeowner’s insurance policy held by the dog owner. In extreme cases of negligence, an owner may also face criminal charges, which can include fines and jail time.

How To Make A Dog Bite Claim

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has a team of dog bite lawyers who have represented hundreds of dog bite victims throughout California. Call us for a free consultation to learn more about your right to compensation following a dog attack. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.

Do I Have A Case?

We offer free consultation. No office visit required, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

What can we do for you?

  • Answer your legal question.
  • Provide a Free Case Evaluation.
  • Schedule an appointment.

 

Why
Choose Us?

  • Available 24/7
  • Trusted Since 1990
  • Local to You
  • Recovered $350,000,000
  • 5 Star Reviews
  • Free Case Evaluation
  • VIP Service
  • No Win, No Fee

Latest Law Post


August 22, 2019

E- Scooter Insurance Coverage Issues In California

Electric scooters, also called e-scooters, seem like a fun way to get around the city.  After all, they are inexpensive to rent, easy to locate using an app on your phone, and require very little effort to move longer distances.  Rental programs for these e-scooters are popping up in cities across California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and others.  Before you rent an electric scooter, there are some things to consider regarding liability and insurance in the event of an e-scooter accident.


August 20, 2019

PG&E Says It Knew Its Lines Could Spark Fires

PG&E Corp acknowledged in July 2019 that it has known for many years that its power lines could fail, sparking wildfires in the process. The acknowledgment came in a federal court filing which had been mandated by U.S. district judge William Alsup, who had ordered PG&E to respond to a Wall Street Journal article on a “paragraph-by-paragraph basis.”

 

We are Personal Injury Lawyers representing accident victims throughout California.
For 30 years, the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has helped injury victims
obtain the compensation they deserve.