Dog Bites and Dog Attacks – They’re more Serious than You think
In 2012, there were more than 27,000 people, bitten by a dog, who required reconstructive surgery. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 800,000 individuals suffer from dog bites; more than 360,000 of them require emergency treatment.
The website DogsBite.org., says that in 2013, there were 32 dog attacks all of which resulted in death: 18 of the victims were children, the other 14 were adults. The number of fatal dog attacks jumped to 42 in 2014, with 19 children as victims, 1 was a teen, while the remaining 22 were adults.
It is no doubt that dogs are fun and loving animals, but these too can turn against anyone if threatened or if their energy is kept unspent. To keep people from being bitten or attacked by dogs, especially in public places, such as parks and woods trails, US states have enacted their specific laws which will keep dogs restrained and kept from injuring anyone.
The CDC, on its part, implemented the leash law, or “Running at Large Statutes,” which states that dogs should be on a leash, especially in public areas, like parks and woods trails, schools and beaches, so as to keep them from attacking and/or biting anyone.
While some states strictly implement the leash law, others have gone to the extent of even banning a specific breed of dog, the pit bull, due to the devastating cases of attacks reported of this breed. Other cities have also adopted laws strictly regulate the ownership of pit bulls.
Many dog owners still definitely need to know how to take proper care of their dogs and how to keep these from being a threat to anyone, despite their claims that their pets are very friendly. Likewise, there are a number of important things that dog bite and dog attack victims need to know, such as their legal right and options and possible right to compensation. Along this same line of thought, Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Amerio Law Firm says, “It is important that you understand what your legal rights are, and determine whether you may be eligible for compensation, as a result of your injuries due the negligence of someone else.
A personal injury claim or lawsuit may help you obtain compensation for economic, as well as non-economic, damages. These damages include covering expenses for past and future medical care, physical therapy, and even lost wages from time taken from work for your recovery. Damages can also include compensation for pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Personal injury lawyers know and understand that no financial gain can undo your traumatic experience. However, legal action can certainly help relieve financial burdens and hopefully help you and your family obtain the justice and closure you deserve.”