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Victims of dog bite attacks have legal rights and protections

Every day in the United States, approximately 1,000 people require medical treatment for dog bites and associated injuries. Statistically speaking, there are a number of dog breed types that cause bites. According to research, 86 percent of dog attacks that result in bodily harm, 86 percent of dog attacks that result in maiming and 76 percent of dog attacks that result in fatalities are accounted for by a combination of several different dog breeds.

Legal options for people injured by dog attacks

Annually, greater than 4.5 million individuals in the United States are bitten by dogs. Of that number, nearly one out of every five individuals bitten by a dog requires medical treatment for their injuries. Each year, greater than 800,000 individuals, at least half of them children, receives medical treatment and attention for a dog bite. In addition, children are more likely to be severely injured by dog bites. Proper training, socialization and education of pets and communities are tools to help minimize the number of dog bites that occur.

Pet owners strictly liable in Massachusetts with some exceptions

In general, pet owners are strictly liable in Massachusetts for harm their pets cause with some exceptions. A dog was recently saved from euthanization in a neighboring Massachusetts' community just west of Worcester. Authorities deemed the dog dangerous. Greater than 100 people from the community showed support for the dog who belongs to a local restaurant owner. According to police, the dog has bitten twelve people. According to supporters for the dog, individuals who have been bitten by the dog have been trespassing at the time the dog bite occurred.

Understanding the seriousness of dog bites and resources to help

Animal attacks can cause devastating injuries. According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4.7 million people are bitten in this country by dogs each year. Among these dog bite victims, 800,000 seek medical treatment for their injuries and half the number, or 400,000, of the reported dog bite victims are children. The highest number of injuries occurs in children ages five to nine. With a reported 74.8 million dogs considered pets across the country in 2007-2008, it is no surprise that such a large number of bites occur.

A look at Massachusetts' dog-bite law

Animal attacks and dog bites are a serious concern throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog each year; of that number, half of the victims are children. Of those bitten, one in five requires medical attention and treatment for the dog bite; again, half of the 885,000 individuals who are bitten and require medical attention and treatment are children. In addition, in 2012, 27,000 individuals had to undergo reconstructive surgery due to dog bite injuries which can often result in scarring or disfigurement.

Pet cat saves boy from animal attack after boy suffers dog bite

A dog bite injury can have serious physical, emotional and financial consequences. A significant amount of recent media attention has focused on a cat that saved a 4-year-old boy from a dog attack. The little boy was riding a small bike when the dog snuck up behind the boy, attacked him and pulled him off of the bike. The cat attacked the 8-month old dog and continued to chase the dog out of the family's driveway.

Woman's lower lip bitten off by dog in Massachusetts

Victims of animal attacks may wish to better understand the legal resources available to protect victims following a dog attack.

Holiday season brings a greater number of dog bites

The U.S. Postal Service reports that December is the worst month for dog bites. Additionally, it reports that December is the worst month for dog-related injuries. One reason for this is that during the holiday season, mail carriers are, of course, delivering a greater volume of mail and holiday packages. In the calendar year from July 2012 through the end of June 2013, 2,700 dog bites took place. The postal service hopes to remind people of the importance of responsible pet ownership.

Man receives $650,000 following dog bite injury

Animal attack and dog bite injuries can be significant and costly.

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