Dog Bites

 Dog bites can be very severe.

In most states, pet owners are responsible for their pet’s behavior. In many cases, owners must pay all medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering that results from an attack.

If an owner has not controlled their pet, whether when off leash, outside their yard, at a park, or running loose in the neighborhood – that owner can be held responsible for property damage and personal injury.

  • Dog bites account for more than 90% of all animal bites. 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S., and more than 30,000 victims require reconstructive surgery.
  • Injuries may involve structures deep beneath the skin including muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels.
  • Infections, including tetanus and rabies, need to be considered.
  • Wound cleaning decreases the risk of infection.
  • Skin repair increases the risk of infection, and the decision to suture the skin balances the risk of infection versus the benefit of a better appearing scar.

Almost 75 million dogs live in the United States, and since many victims of dog bites don’t seek medical care or report the attack, it may be that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s estimate of 4.5 million dog bites each year in the U.S. may be too low. Approximately 880,000 dog bite victims seek emergency medical care at hospitals in the U.S. every year.

Dogs have rounded teeth, and it is the pressure exerted by their jaws that can cause significant damage to the tissues under the skin, including bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. 

More than 30,000 victims of dog bites undergo reconstructive surgery each year, and 15-20 people die of dog bites yearly.

Call Seiniger Law and find out how you can bite back (legally speaking).