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Dog Bite Lawsuit

Posted by John Harris on Tue, Dec 19, 2006 @ 10:57 AM

Don't Be a Victim of Dog Bites

Did you know that there are over 5 million victims of dogs bites reported every year? Approximately 12 people die every year as a direct result of dog attacks. If you are one of the millions of Americans who has been bitten or otherwise physically harmed by a dog, you may have recourse to file a lawsuit. Potentially harmful animals have no business on our streets. In Brevard County, Florida, a meter reader who was scalped and had ear chewed off by four pit bulls claimed property owner allowed dangerous condition to exist. The plaintiff was awarded $1,000,000 dollars. From 1979 through 1994, attacks by dogs resulted in 279 deaths of individuals in the United States. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households (or 40.6 million) own at least one dog. In these households, two or three children a day require hospitalization as a result of being attacked by a dog. Who are most at risk for dog bites? Children under 12 years of age are most at risk Children aged 1-4 years have the highest rate of injury Dogs of family or friends are involved in most attacks (78%) The fact that nearly 80% of all dog attacks occur from family pets is very discouraging. There are an estimated 68, 000,000 dogs owned by families in the United States. Where do most dog bites occur? Many attacks occur at home, 40% occur in the victim's house/yard At a friend or neighbors house, 30% occur in these houses/yards Keeping a potentially dangerous dog safely away from people is a top priority amongst many dog owners. Many dog owners use common sense in dealing with their pets. Most use caution and maintain their dogs in their territory in kennels or dog houses and are keen on safety standards and regulations. Remember that dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions. If you or anyone you know are in need of a personal injury lawyer specializing in dog bite law, please contact us now and receive a free case review.