The experienced Indiana dog bite attorneys at the highly respected Indianapolis law office of William “Bill” Hurst are aggressive in pursuing claims for people injured as a result of canine attacks. Our lawyers know that a dog’s tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, socialization, health, and the victim’s behavior. There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed. If you or a love one has been a victim of a dog bite you will need an experience Indianapolis dog bite lawyer.
National and Indiana State Statistics on Dog Bites
According to the Canine Journal and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. One in five dog bites (885,000) results in injuries that require medical attention, half of those are children. Of those injured by animal attacks, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about 16 die.
Children are more at risk than adults and men are more at risk than women. Among children, the rate of dog bite related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years. On the whole, children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the head or neck region. Among adults, males are more likely than females to be bitten.
According to a 2014 report done by State Farm Insurance, Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for number of dog bite claims (146). Those 146 claims paid out an estimated $3.5 million in damages. Indianapolis also made the US Postal Service top dog bite (of postal workers) list in 2014. Indianapolis came in at number 14 with 29 attacks.
Tips to Avoid a Dog Bite
- NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
- Be on the lookout for potentially dangerous situations.
- Start teaching young children — including toddlers — to be careful around pets. Children must be taught NOT to approach strange dogs.
- Always ask permission from a dog’s owner before petting any dog.
Seek Help from an Experienced Indianapolis Dog Bite Lawyer
Mail carriers aren’t the only ones at risk for dog bites. If you need assistance, call us for a consultation.
Our office has successfully represented hundreds of victims of dog attacks. If you are making a claim for injuries you will need an experience Indianapolis dog bite lawyer because there are several Statutory Laws which will determine whether a dog owner may be liable for injury cause by his dog, each case must be carefully evaluated. If you or a family member has suffered a dog bite injury contact the Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC for a free consultation and case evaluation or call us toll free at 1(800)636-0808. Hablamos Español!
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