Video: Dog Bites Injure Nearly 1 Million People a Year
In 2006, the Center for Disease Control reported that more than 800,000 people seek treatment for dog bites each year. Over 30,000 were so bad the victim required reconstructive surgery. That number has grown.
Bruce Millar, an attorney in Georgia and an advocate for harsher penalties for people whose dogs bite, cites the American Humane Society’s estimates (National Canine Research Foundation, 2009) that there are about 5 million dog bites a year and about 20% have to seek medical attention.
What to Do After a Dog Bites You
Once a dog has bitten you, go to the hospital for medical attention. You should also contact animal control in your area as well as make a police report. This documentation will help if you pursue a lawsuit for pain and suffering or other long-term effects from the bite.
You’ll need to contact the dog’s owner to find out if they have homeowner’s insurance if you’re want the dog’s owner to cover your bills. However, remember, in most states, the laws are such that if you provoke a dog into biting you, you cannot enter a claim against the
Leash Laws & Protecting the Public
Most cities, counties and states have leash laws, and it’s up to you to know when and where it’s OK to allow your dog off the leash.When your dog is on a leash, it should be kept near you so it can’t jump up on someone and bite them.
At home, your dog should be kept on a leash or in a fenced enclosure so it can’t dig under. If the dog gets under the fenced enclosure and bites someone, you’re still responsible because it’s your duty to prevent the dog from escaping.