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The risk of dog bites and injuries suffered

It is not uncommon to encounter domestic animals. In fact, many residents in Arizona either own a pet or frequently encounter pets owned by friends and acquaintances. And while it is common for people and animals to share the same space, incidents can occur if an animal, such as a dog or a cat, is territorial or feels threatened. Even more so, an animal is more likely to attack if it has vicious tendencies. Dog bites are a common type of animal bite, and when a dog bite occurs, victims could suffer serious and even life threatening injuries.

According to the World Health Organization, dog bites account for tens of millions of injuries each year, and the highest risk for dog attacks is among children. In the United States, there are an estimated 4.5 million people bitten by dogs every year. Of these, roughly 885,000 seek medical attention for their injuries, 30,000 have reconstructive surgery, around 18 percent develop infection and between 10 and 20 fatalities occur.

Of those injured by dogs, children make up the largest percentage. The highest rate of incidents occur among those in their mid to late childhood years. The risk of injury to the head and neck are greater in children than in adults due to their smaller size and height. This also increases the severity of the injury, the need for medical treatment and even the possibility of the injuries being fatal.

Whether you are a child or an adult, suffering a dog bite can be a serious situation. Following such an attack and getting appropriate medical treatment, it is important to understand the cause of the incident. If a victim did not provoke the dog, it is likely that the victim will be able to hold the dog owner liable for the injuries and damages suffered. A personal injury claim could help a victim recover compensation, helping them cover medical bills and other losses.

Source: World Health Organization, "Animal bites," Accessed on Nov. 12, 2016

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