Dog Bite Statistics and News
- There are approximately 65 million dogs in the United States in 2006
- Of the 4.7 million people are bitten every year, 800,000 need medical attention
- Every day an estimated 914 people seek emergency medical treatment due to dog bites
- On average, between 15 and 20 people die each year from dog maulings
- Children are the most common victims of dog bites, and half of the injuries they suffer occur on the face
- Economic losses from dog bites regularly exceed $1 billion, only a third of which is covered by insurance
- Between 1979 and 1996 there were 304 fatal dog attacks
- Most (77%) dog bite injuries occur to the friends or family
- Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepard Dogs account for half of the fatal dog attacks between 1979 and 1998
- Dog bites rose 33% according to a study of a 7 year period in the 1990s
- In 2002 homeowner insurance claims paid on average $16,600 to victims of dog bites, up from $12,000 in 1998
If you have been injured by a dog bite, contact one of our Hartford personal injury lawyers. Connecticut law imposes strict liability on owners and keepers of dogs that cause injury to a person. The law essentially states that the owner or keeper of the dog is liable for any damage to person or property, as long as the injured person was not trespassing, committing a tort, or provoking the dog at the time of the attack. If the injured person was not a trespasser, not committing a tort and not provoking the dog, there is no defense.
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is advisable that you take the following measures.
- One, notify your local police department of the dog attack. The police officer will then generate a report documenting the date of the bite, the location of the bite, the identity of the dog’s owner, the dog’s identification and a narrative description of the how the attack and bite occurred.
- Two, get immediate medical attention for your injuries.
- Three, if you have been bitten in the face and will require stitches request that a plastic surgeon perform the stitching to minimize the extent of any permanent facial scarring.
- Four, do not speak to the dog owner’s insurance representative or anyone else associated with the defendant’s insurance company until first speaking to an attorney.
- Five, take photographs of your injuries.
Each day, 1,000 people arrive in emergency rooms as a result of dog bites. If you have suffered injury as a result of a dog bite you may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent scarring and the diminution of enjoyment of life’s activities. To ensure that you receive fair, just and reasonable compensation for your injuries, it is important to seek the advice of an attorney experienced in handling dog bite cases and dealing with insurance companies. If you have been injured as the result of a dog bite, please call or contact the law firm of Sabatini and Associates, LLC.