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Every day in the United States, there are approximately 1,000 victims that require emergency care treatment for injuries received from a dog bite or dog attack. Data compiled from government agencies, insurance companies and NGOs provide the following results:

General Dog Bite & Dog Attack Data

  • There are approximately 78 million dogs in the United States;HurtByDog
  • The CDC states that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year;
  • Biting dogs are 6.2 times more likely to be male, 2.6 times more likely to not be neutered and 2.8 times more likely to be chained;
  • Pit bull and Rottweiler breeds accounted for 74% of all fatal dog bites and attacks over a 10-year period;
  • According to the CDC, children and men are the most at risk to suffer a dog bite; and
  • Dog bites are one of the most common causes of injury for walking postal workers.

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DifferencesInDogBiteCasesBecause we have been looking at a variety of personal injury issues that state laws treat very differently, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about dog bite cases. Like many other personal injury and medical malpractice issues, state laws look at dog bite cases, and injuries caused by animals, in different ways. Today we are going to examine some key differences in how state laws approach dog bite cases.

Dog Attack: One Bite States

Traditionally, states treated the issue of dog bites under the so-called “one bite” rule. This effectively gave dog owners protections from their animals causing damage to others, but also gave those who were injured grounds to recover for their injuries from known dangerous dogs. The one bite rule effectively said that an owner is not liable for the damages caused by his or her dog when the dog first bites someone. After the first bite, it’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure the dog doesn’t bite anyone, and if it does, it’s the owner’s responsibility to pay for any damages caused by the animal. Today, only about 15 states still operate under this one bite rule.

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When You’re Hurt by a Dog

Whether you’re a pet owner, animal lover, or simply someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the reality is that anyone can be the victim of a dog bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. If you’ve been bitten, here are some practical steps you can take to protect yourself.

After a Dog Bite Injury: Taking Care of the Wound

Of the almost 5 million people bitten by dogs every year, only about 80,000 people seek medical attention, and half of those are children. If you or a loved one is bitten by an animal, the first thing you need to do is treat the injury.

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