Over 37 percent of households across the United States have at least one dog.
People often view dogs as a best friend, loyal and loving. But even the most obedient animal can attack if they feel provoked or threatened. The American Humane Association estimates, 4.7 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog each year, with about 800,000 of those bites requiring medical attention. If you or a family member is a victim of a dog bite, contact the Charlotte dog bite lawyer.
The most common sites of dog bite injury are the arm/hand (more than 45 percent of cases), leg/foot (more than 26 percent) and head/neck (more than 22 percent). The rate of dog-bite injuries is highest among children 5 to 9. Although any dog has the potential to bite, The American Animal Hospital Association lists ten breeds as being associated with most deadly attacks: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows, Saint Bernards, Great Danes and Akitas.
Bonnie Beaver, D.V.M., Animal Behavior Specialist at Texas A & M University, says the risk for dog bites can be reduced by getting a handle on aggressive pets before problems escalate into serious behavior problems. It’s important for dog owners to be on the lookout for signs of aggression in a new dog or puppy, like a mild growl or attempted nips or snaps.
Contact the Dog Bite Law Firm of Bice Law
As you can see, there are several factors that need to be investigated in a dog bite case. An investigation is needed to uncover the dog’s past behavior, to identify if any insurance is available to satisfy a claim, and to understand who was accountable. If you have a question about whether you have a potential dog bite injury claim, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a dog bite attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.
Posted on behalf of Bice Law May 2, 2012