Dog Bites

Get Help after a Dog Bite

With tens of millions of dogs in the United States, it’s no surprise that people are occasionally bitten—or even attacked—by dogs. But it may surprise you to learn that millions of Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and more than 800,000 seek medical care for those bites. On average, more than 900 people in the United States seek hospital care for dog bites every day.

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, getting prompt medical attention should be your first priority. A serious dog bite may damage tissue, nerves, or tendons. Dog bites can cause serious scarring. And, a dog bite that isn’t properly cleaned and treated can become seriously infected, leading to other complications.

Your next step should be to talk with an experienced dog bite attorney.

Dog Bites in Children

Children are at greater risk from dog bites for several reasons. Some of the most common include:
•  Children have less developed judgment about how to interact with dogs, particularly unknown dogs
•  Children are more likely to panic and run, scream, or otherwise act in ways that further agitate the dog if there is a problem
•  Children are lower to the ground, which means dogs have easier access to vulnerable body parts such as the face and neck
•  Children’s smaller size can mean that a bite causes more damage than it would have in an adult
More than half of U.S. dog bite victims are children.

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Dog Bite Laws Vary from State to State

In some states, a dog’s owner (or another person who has control of the dog) is strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog. That means the owner is responsible for the dog’s actions, even if the owner didn’t do anything wrong.

Other states follow the “one bite rule,” meaning that the owner is strictly liable only if the dog has bitten before. Once the dog has shown a “vicious propensity,” the owner is on notice that the animal could present a danger to others, and so is responsible for preventing future attacks.

Finally, some states apply negligence law, just as they would in a car accident or slip and fall case. The owner will be liable for injuries caused by the dog if the owner didn’t exercise reasonable care to prevent the injury.

There are other variations within these three general rules. For instance, in some states dog bites to children are treated differently. In some states, the rules are different depending on where the bite takes place and why the bite victim was there.

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If you’ve have been bitten by a dog or your child has suffered a dog bite, you may be unsure about who may be responsible or how to seek fair compensation. The best source of information about dog bite law in your state and whether the dog’s owner or another person may be liable for your injuries is an experienced personal injury attorney.

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