Pit Bull and Dog Attacks
It is the responsibility of dog owners to keep their pets safe and others safe from their dogs. Pit bulls and other large breed dogs can cause serious injuries if they attack. There are an estimated 60 million dogs that are pets in the U.S. Most have responsible owners that ensure their dogs have the right training and are kept restrained to prevent injuries to others and the dog. Unfortunately, there are irresponsible dog owners that can put others at risk of injury from a dog attack.
According to dogbite.org, an estimated 1,000 Americans are seen in emergency care centers every day for dog bites. In addition, an average of 9,500 people receive hospitalization each year from dog attack injuries and 39 fatalities were recorded in 2017. These statistics reveal the frequency of dog bite injuries. While many of these injuries may happen to family members that live in the home with the dog, many are visitors to the home or strangers on the street. When a dog attacks or bites a person, the owner is liable for any injuries caused by their dog.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Obviously, a dog bite involves teeth and puncturing the skin of the victim. Any size dog can cause damage to skin and tissue from the bite. According to the CDC, victims of dog bites also need to be concerned about infection and diseases, even for small bites. Dog bites can transmit rabies, MRSA, tetanus and pasteurella infection. In addition, large breeds like pit bulls, Rottweilers and German shepherds can cause additional injuries when they attack, including:
- Bone fractures
- Tissue and muscle tearing
Dog attack injuries can require extensive medical care, including surgery, medication, hospitalizations and cosmetic surgery. Almost half of dog attack victims are children, who may need to live with the scars for the rest of their life. If you or your child have been the victim of a dog attack, you need to know your rights. Contact Dwayne L. Brown in Atlanta to discuss filing a dog attack injury lawsuit or claim to receive compensation for your injuries.