Dog Bite Lawyer in Cheyenne
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Dog bites accidents can be a terrible experience to live through. Not only do victims usually carry the scars of the accident with them for life, but many also have emotional baggage and a life-long fear of dogs and other animals. The extent of the physical and emotional scars suffered by a victim may never be healed. So, if you or someone you love has been injured in a dog bite accident, you may need to explore legal options to cover medical expenses and other recovery costs. None of us will ever definitively know why a dog chooses to bite a person, and while canine experts have opined on the topic, there are still just as many questions.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 10 million dog bite incidents worldwide every year, and nearly five million of those happen in the United States. Of those bitten, 800,000 need medical attention after the incident. Dogs are very popular pets in the United States, so this isn’t a surprising number. However, many stats show unsocialized, isolated, and tethered dogs are 2.8 times more likely to attack or bite a person than other dogs. Researchers have also provided statistics that show certain breeds are more likely to bite people than others.
The following breeds are most likely to bite people:
- Pit Bulls
- German Shepherds
- Mixed breeds
It’s also important to remember almost half of all dog bite accidents happen to children, with more than 375,000 needing emergency room visits. Most dog bites in children occur when interacting with familiar dogs, and many are preventable.
How to Prevent Dog Bites
Socialization is important for dogs, and they need to be exposed early and regularly to other people and dogs if you want to prevent them from being aggressive biters. Dogs belonging to responsible pet owners are also unlikely to bite someone. Responsible pet owners care for their dogs and practice responsible pet ownership by teaching those around them how to interact with their pets.
A pet owner who spends time with their dog knows what upsets their pet and will avoid putting their animal in risky situations. They will also know how to interpret their pet’s body language, which can prevent accidents. These seemingly simple actions can go a long way toward preventing dog bites in your neighborhood and home.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Not every dog bite incident will lead to life-changing injuries, but many accidents require medical intervention. The most common severe dog bite accident injuries include:
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Head, neck, and eye injuries
- Facial scarring and injuries
- Nerve damage
- Psychological trauma
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