Dog Bite Injuries
With the close association of dogs and humans in daily life largely as pets, dog attacks resulting in injuries from very minor to significant and severe to fatal are not uncommon. While the visible effects are physical in nature, these incidents often leave emotional damage in their wake as well.
According to the Canadian Safety Council, it is estimated that 460,000 Canadians are bitten by dogs each year; approximately 42 Canadians are bitten every hour by a dog. 50 to 70 percent of these victims are children. Overall, bites are the most frequent types of dog related injuries that are treated at the hospital totaling 73.1%, and the body part most often affected is the face 40.5%.
FACT: According to CHIRPP, 37.7% of dog bite injuries occur during the summer, and most frequently between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.
FACT: In Canada, 1 to 2 human deaths a year, on average, can be attributed to dog attacks.
FACT: Between 1990 and 2007, there were 28 fatal dog attacks reported in Canada.
FACT: Most injuries 34.2% occur at the victim’s own home, with more than 33% of the bites involving the family dog.
Dog bites can result in permanent scarring, nerve damage, disease and a significant risk of infection. Often times there is emotional harm that lasts well beyond physical recovery. Our compassionate team of dog bite personal injury lawyers understands the pain and suffering that a dog bite can create, and will fight on your behalf to get you and your family the maximum compensation you deserve.
Lacerations whether from accidental dog scratches or deliberate bites, are easily infected when left untreated. Medium to large breed dogs can knock people down resulting in injuries typically associated with falls.
Who is Affected
Although adults can suffer injuries from dog related accidents, records show that children between the ages of 5 and 9 years are bitten far more often than adults. Children younger than ten years old are 4 times more likely to be hospitalized than people aged ten and older. Among these, boys are bitten slightly more often than girls and that continues into adulthood with young adult males receiving more than 60% of bites. The susceptibility of children to dog bite injuries, especially on the face, is often due to the fact that their small size makes them less intimidating to dogs.
Given the physical and emotional trauma associated with a dog bite, it is not unusual for victims to seek damages for their injuries. Dog owners will often have homeowners’ insurance that provides coverage for dog bites. In 2007 dog bites cost insurers $356.2 million, resulting in dog bite injuries accounting for 33% of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a dog bite injury, contact our offices and speak with one of our experienced Dog Bite Personal Injury lawyers today. At Martin G. Schulz & Associates, we engage and employ all the required and necessary experts to prove your case. We work on a percentage fee basis, being paid only when we are successful!