St. Paul Dog Bite And Animal Attack Lawyers
Dog may be man’s best friend – but not every dog is every man’s best friend. Unfortunately, some dogs can be aggressive, and when they are, you don’t want to be anywhere near them. Dogs bite over 4 million people every year in the U.S., and around 9,500 of these victims have to be hospitalized. In rare cases, a dog attack can even result in death.
In Minnesota, the rate of dog attack fatality is especially low. In fact, between 1979 and 2005, our dog attack fatality rate was the fourth lowest in the U.S. But deaths from dog bites can still happen, and even when a dog attack doesn’t result in death, it can cause serious injury, disability, and trauma. In other cases, dog bites can transmit rabies or other infections. If a dog bite becomes infected, it can result in meningitis, septic shock, or other serious health conditions.
An animal attack or serious dog bite can be a traumatizing event for the victim and family members. Unfortunately, young children are the most frequent victims. The size and height of a child often places his or her head and face in the danger zone. Many adults also suffer severe injuries when attacked by neighbors’ pets, dogs and other animals roaming at large.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that in addition to young children, adults — especially the elderly — are vulnerable to disfigurement, scarring, nerve damage, infections and wrongful death in animal attacks. Animal owner negligence can also cause car accidents that call for thorough investigation and decisive legal action.
Dog Bite Statistics
Here are some more dog bite statistics:
- A dog bite occurs about every 75 seconds in the U.S.
- About 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. every year.
- Nearly 1 in 5 dog bites become infected.
- Every day, more than 1,000 people need emergency medical care for dog-bite injuries in the U.S.
- Over 28,000 people went through reconstructive surgery in 2015 as a result of dog bites.
- The cost of a dog bite-related hospital visit averages around $18,200 – which is 50% higher than the cost of the average injury-related hospital visit.
- Victims of dog attacks lose a total of between $1 and $2 billion every year in the U.S.
- Adults who have two or more dogs in the house are five times likelier to be bitten.
- In attacks from unfamiliar dogs, the pit bull breed is responsible for 60% of all injuries.
- Pit bull attacks generally result in higher fatality rates and hospital costs than attacks by other dog breeds.
Common Ways to Prevent a Dog Attack
While you can’t always prevent a dog attack, there are steps you can take to be safer around man’s best friend:
- Give dogs their space. Most people need space when they’re eating or sleeping, and dogs are no different. If you see a dog eating or sleeping, or a dog caring for its puppies, you might want to leave it alone.
- Avoid unfamiliar dogs. It’s best to leave tied-up or fenced-in dogs alone, since they tend to be protective of their property. If you encounter an unfamiliar dog, steer clear and avoid eye contact.
- Don’t run. Dogs love playing chase, so if you meet a dog you don’t know, don’t run – just walk steadily past. If you think a dog may be aggressive, it’s probably best to hold still and remain calm. Avoid looking directly at the dog, and back away slowly when you feel it’s safe to do so.
- If a dog starts to attack, try to put an object in between the two of you, like a bicycle. Or try to get the dog to sink its teeth into your jacket or purse instead of you.
- If you find yourself down, curl into a ball and put your hands over your ears. Don’t scream, just try to hold still and remain quiet.
If you are bitten by a dog, you could end up needing emergency medical attention or plastic surgery. You might need to take time off from work, and your injury might be debilitating or embarrassing, affecting your career and even your personal life.
Luckily, there’s help for dog bite victims. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious dog bite, you may be able to receive financial compensation for things like pain and suffering, hospital bills, and lost wages. Our office advocates for dog bite victims throughout Minnesota. Contact us today for a free consultation.
You Should Not Have To Pay For The Negligence Of Pet Owner
At Sand Law, our lawyers and legal team take animal attacks seriously. The emotional pain an attack victim experiences often compounds the severe physical injury he or she has suffered. Victims frequently struggle with a loss of their sense of safety. Our goal is to seek justice to help animal attack victims gain a sense of closure for the trauma they have experienced.
Medical bills, including future expenses that may arise from the need for future care, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation, are frequently points of contention in personal injury cases. We do the hard work to bring in the right expert medical witnesses to present the facts to maximize compensation for our clients.
Minnesota law holds dog owners accountable for the actions of the pet — even if the dog has never shown signs of aggression before. If you or a loved one has suffered significant dog bite injury or physical harm in an attack involving any type of pet, we are ready, willing and able to help you obtain the fair and full compensation you are entitled to under the law. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.
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