Dog bites and attacks are very common and can cause serious injuries, including permanent disfigurement, nerve and tissue damage and psychological trauma. In extreme cases, dog attacks may result in death. If you have been attacked by a vicious dog you may need the help of an experienced dog bite lawyer in order to get compensation for your losses.
If you or a family member has suffered due to a dog bite, The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help you. Having experience with this type of claim, we have the skill and experience necessary to represent you. Call 225-922-4416 to schedule an appointment.
“The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
DOG BITE STATISTICS
According to the Insurance Information Institute dog bites cost American home insurers 6.4 percent more in 2009 than in the previous year, with the average claim exceeding $24,000 for the third straight year.
Injuries from dog bites and attacks cost $412 million in 2009, compared with $387.2 million a year earlier, the fifth straight increase. The number of claims increased 4.8 percent to 16,586. Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 50% of dog bite fatalities are children under 10 years old. These dog bites range from minor injuries to serious dog maulings, resulting in bodily injury and even death. In 2012, there were an estimated 38 fatal dog attacks in the United States.
In the US, approximately 100 children are bitten by dogs every day and approximately 92 of these children will need medical attention. One third of all injury claims against homeowner liability policies are related to dog attacks.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds
The following dogs can tend to possess more aggressive natures than other breeds and may require special training and handling in order to keep family members, guests, neighbors and the general public safe from attack.
- Pit Bulls
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- Chow Chow
- Presa Canario
- Alaskan Malamutes
There are a number of dog breeds that are often used as guard dogs due to their territorial and protection instincts which can make them excellent guard dogs but dangerous if they are not properly socialized and trained in obedience. These dog include:
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Giant Schnauzer