The Humane Society of the United States reports that there are about 77.5 million dogs in the U.S. With that in mind, it isn’t surprising to learn that there are a relatively high number of dog bite injuries that occur in the nation every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million people suffer dog bite-related injuries annually, with about 386,000 requiring medical treatment. Unfortunately, on average there are 16 deaths due to dog bite injuries in the U.S. every year.
Often, dog bite victims suffer serious injuries to their face, neck, and hands; including lacerations, punctures, tissue loss, fracture bones, crush injuries, nerve damage, and infections. Scarring often results from dog bite attack injuries, and sometimes a dog bite victim suffers emotional trauma following an attack that is similar to post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
To avoid a dog bite attack in Philadelphia, there are several precautions you can observe, including:
- If you are knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and be still.
- Never allow children to play with a dog without supervision.
- Never approach a dog that is unfamiliar to you.
- Never disturb a dog that is taking care of puppies, sleeping, or eating.
- Never make direct eye contact with an unfamiliar dog.
- Never pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- Never run away from a dog.
- When an unfamiliar dog approaches, remain motionless.
- If you see a stray dog, report it to the police or animal control agency immediately.
However, if you are attacked by a dog, the animal’s owner may be held legally responsible for their dog’s behavior. In most dog bite injury cases, the owner will be required to pay all damages associated with the attack, including medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you have been injured by a dog bite attack, contact the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss. We can help you determine whether you have a valid case against the dog’s owner in order for you to receive compensation for your injuries. To learn how we can help you pursue your legal rights, call 866-735-2792.