Dog Bite Injury Trends
Dog bite injuries take a toll on their victims in more ways than one. Physically, financially and emotionally, there is a high price to pay when someone has suffered a serious dog bite injury. When scars remain on visible areas of the body (such as the face or forearm), the person who has suffered the injury may experience social stigma, as well.
With such serious consequences harming people, many wonder why dog bites have been increasing in recent years. A review of online resources and their sources reporting on dog bite injuries and fatalities uncovers trends such as the following:
- There were 31 dog-bite deaths in the U.S. in 2016.
- The most common dog breeds involved in these fatalities include pit bulls, Rottweilers, Labradors, American bulldogs and Doberman pinchers. Many of the same breeds turn up high on the statistical lists about dog bite injuries that do not result in death.
- There has been a substantial increase (86%) in dog bite-related hospital stays over the past 35 years.
- Emergency room visits for dog bite injuries are four times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.
- Pay-outs for dog bite injuries made up more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims in 2015, for a total of $570 million.
- People who have suffered serious dog bite injuries universally reported long-lasting emotional trauma.
(Sources of this information are detailed at this website, which represents a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the same name: www.dogsbite.org).
Important questions arise from a review of such reports. Namely: why are dog bite injuries and costs increasing? How can their occurrence be stopped? How can people who have suffered injuries get the help they need and how can surviving family members in fatal dog bite cases get a sense of justice and closure? Attorneys at Apex Legal Group, PLLC, serving Monroe, Lambertville and the surrounding region, are here to help you get answers to your most pressing questions after a dog bite injury.
Is It The Dog Breed? Or People’s Handling Of And Interactions With Dogs?
It is natural for people to blame the very existence of dog breeds known to be dangerous. However, it is also notable that pit bulls, at the top of the list in fatality statistics, are reportedly favored by drug dealers, gang members and people who promote dog fighting as a form of entertainment and revenue. Is the human factor the real culprit when it comes to pit bull-related injuries and deaths?
Some cities have banned pit bulls or imposed serious limitations in who can own them and how they should be kept. However, one large Canadian city, Calgary, Alberta, did not ban them altogether. Rather, the city initiated a campaign to educate dog owners and children while also enforcing dog control laws. Through a continual effort along these lines, reported dog bites in Calgary have dropped dramatically since the 1980s. (Source: the Vancouver Sun.)