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Over 4.7 million people are bitten or mauled by dogs every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, the second most common cause of injury to children are dog bites. Of these, more than 800,000 require medical help. Worse yet, there are more than a dozen deaths from these attacks. Dog owners are responsible for any damages or injuries caused by their animals; however, different states have different laws regarding how much responsibility the owner has. Some states require the victim to show evidence that the owner was aware their animal was dangerous and failed to take the necessary precautions. Other states require dog owners to take full responsibility, no matter what the animal’s past history may be. The animal’s owner cannot be held responsible if a victim is trespassing or if a victim provokes the animal. Your state may have a law called the one-bite rule, which could be applicable to your case.
Dogs attack for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons for an animal attack is when the animal is trying to protect its territory; however, animals also attack when in an unfamiliar environment, protecting its food, awakened while sleeping, or when a toy or treat is taken away. Male dogs are more likely to bite than female dogs are. While there have been claims of all dog breeds biting, 50 percent of all dog bites are by Rottweilers and pit bulls. Let’s go over some important animal attack-related statistics: From 2008-2015 fatalities from animal attacks including venomous and nonvenomous animals found that many attacks had the potential to be avoided, and yet mortality rates did not decrease. The most common types of animals responsible for attacking and killing humans include farm animals, stinging insects, and dogs. From 2008-2015, researchers found that 1,610 animal-related fatalities occurred in the U.S., with the majority of deaths occurring as a result of attacks by non-venomous animals. This rate of death was equivalent to a previous study performed from 1999-2007. Though many people fear mountain lions while camping and sharks when swimming at the beach, most deaths resulting from animal attacks are not caused by wild animals, but are instead a result of encounters with farm animals, anaphylaxis from stinging insects, and dog attacks. Who is Responsible for an Animal Attack? The litigation process for an animal attack can be tricky. A dog’s owner should be aware of the risk of their dog biting, mauling, or attacking another person or child. The owner can lessen the chances of an attack by training their animals, socializing the dog with people and other animals, and obeying laws regarding the dog’s restraint. A potential victim should approach an animal with caution and treat all animals with kindness to lessen the likelihood of an attack. Depending on the particular circumstances of an animal attack, several parties may be involved in your particular case. This may include:
Depending on the nature of your or your family member’s injuries due to an animal attack, your personal injury lawyer may identify possible claims for:
If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite or animal attack, whether due to owner negligence or otherwise, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the state’s specific animal laws. An experienced attorney will be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you or your loved one deserves.
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