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Dog Bites Are Trouble for All Involved


Dogs still hold the title of man’s best friend but the increasing reports and insurance claims from dog bites are on the rise. Avery Krauss, an 11-year-old Florida boy, was bitten in a local park. Marconews.com reports that Avery and his mother are searching for the dog and his owner to determine whether Avery needs to undergo rabies treatment.

In early October of 2009 Jasmine Deane, a Virginia toddler, was killed by their family pit bull.  Orangenews.com reports “the dog had been with the family for 10 years, was turned over to animal control officers and euthanized. Sheriff’s officials had not received any previous complaints about the dog.”

Unfortunately children like Avery and Jasmine account for nearly half of all dog bite and attack victims.

Dog Bite Statistics on the Rise

The Center for Disease Control’s website, cdc.gov, reports the following statistics:

  • About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year
  • Almost one in five of those who are bitten: a total of 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries
  • In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs

Figures such as these are causing insurance agencies to increase premiums, exclude the dog from coverage or require classes says the Insurance Information Institute’s at iii.org.

Preventing Dog Bites

Here in California dog owners are liable for damages due to dog bite wounds even without the animal first being identified as vicious. This is just another reason why prevention is the best first line of defense.

“The most dangerous dogs are those that fall victims to human shortcomings such as poor training, irresponsible ownership and breeding practices that foster viciousness or neglect and abuse,” says the Insurance Information Institute at iii.org.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, contact us to help protect your rights.

Unfortunately, children like Avery and Jasmine account for nearly half of all dog bite and attack victims.

Dog Bite Statistics on the Rise

The Center for Disease Control’s website, cdc.gov, reports the following statistics:

  • About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year
  • Almost one in five of those who are bitten: a total of 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries
  • In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs

Figures such as these are causing insurance agencies to increase premiums, exclude the dog from coverage or require classes says the Insurance Information Institute’s at iii.org.

Preventing Dog Bites

Here in California dog owners are liable for damages due to dog bite wounds even without the animal first being identified as vicious. This is just another reason why prevention is the best first line of defense.

“The most dangerous dogs are those that fall victims to human shortcomings such as poor training, irresponsible ownership and breeding practices that foster viciousness or neglect and abuse,” says the Insurance Information Institute at iii.org.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, contact us to help protect your rights.

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