Every year, more than 368,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for dog bites and it is estimated that over 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. In the year 2006, 31,000 people had dog bite injuries so severe that they required reconstructive surgery.
Of all of the emergency room visits for children, dog bite injuries are fifth on the list requiring treatment.
May 17-23, 2010 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and it is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Both organizations work to promote dog bite prevention and safety.
Check the CDC website for safety tips and a podcast which can help you prevent a dog bite and serious injury.
For dog bite victims with serious injuries, you should contact a personal injury attorney with experience representing victims. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 40 years experience representing animal attack victims and with our help, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.
Often dog bite victims have serious injuries including disfigurement of the face, permanent nerve damage, post-traumatic stress syndrome and severe pain. Many victims require between two and five surgeries to repair the damage. A personal injury attorney will fight for you so that instead of battling insurance companies, you can spend your time healing.