Americans love their dogs. That’s just something that the people of the United States are known for around the world, and that’s also one of the reasons that an estimated 75 million dogs live with their owners across the country. That’s one dog for nearly every four people in the United States, and that does not account for the unknown number of dogs without owners. While this is a positive aspect of our culture, one unfortunate aspect of it is that with this many dogs there are bound to be some substandard owners. As a result of this reality, people are harmed at an alarming rate in dog bite attacks.
Below you will find a brief overview of the issues that relate to dog bite attacks both in San Diego and across the United States. You will also find information regarding theories of liability that arise when someone is bitten and badly injured in a dog bite attack.
Dog Bite Attack Statistics
As stated above, dog bite attacks occur at an alarming rate. Based on several estimates, it’s believed that as many as 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and that number appears to be rising. In addition, 850,000 people need some type of medical attention after this type of an attack, and 350,000 of these people need to report to an emergency room for treatment every year. Finally, it’s estimated that these dog bite attacks lead to a total loss of approximately $1 billion every year in the United States.
Dog Bite Attacks and Legal Liability
If someone is attacked by a dog, the question of potential legal liability will come down to the facts of the situation. Basically, the owners of dogs are expected to manage them properly and to avoid situations where people can be placed at unreasonable risk of harm because of that dog. If an owner, for instance, does not secure his or her dog with a leash while walking it and that dog attacks someone, that dog’s owner could be found liable for damages. However, if someone is trespassing on the dog’s property, it’s likely that the dog owner will not be found liable for damages if a claim follows this type of an incident.
When someone is attacked by a dog and badly injured, that person may not be sure of where to turn for help. Fortunately, there are laws in place designed to protect people in this position.