Alameda Dog Bites on the Rise: What Can We Do to Reduce Injuries?

dog beware.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationally there are over 300,000 dog bite injuries per year. It is estimated that there are 17 deaths annually from dog bites. National estimates for hospitalizations associated with dog bites exceed 5,000 per year. The cost of dog bite claims has been on the rise.

The number of people admitted to the hospital for dog bites is related inversely to age. The younger the dog bite victim, the more likely the bite would require admission to the hospital. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, children are the most frequent victims of dog bites. After children, the elderly and then postal workers are the most likely to attacked by a dog.

As an Oakland dog bite lawyer, I have seen how dog bite injuries can be disfiguring and permanent in their effects. Dog owners must be aware of the proper precautions to take to prevent their animals from biting others. Proper training, keeping the dog on a leash, not rewarding aggressive behaviors, and not keeping your dog penned up for long periods of time can help. The Center for Disease Control provides other tips to help reduce dog bites.

Dog owners who do not prevent their dogs from biting others are strictly liable for harm caused by their animals. Dog owners are monetarily responsible for pain, suffering, scarring, disfigurement, and economic losses such as medical expenses, and lost earnings which are caused by dog bites. You should know your legal rights if bitten by a dog.

Resources:

United States Postal Service, Dog Bites on the Rise in Sunnyvale, July 29, 2010
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Hospitalizations for Dog Bite Injuries

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