Dog Bites and Animal Attacks Today, there are more than 60 million dogs in the United States. With so many dogs and humans cohabiting the country, it is no wonder that attacks have become a common occurrence. As many as 5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and American Veterinary Medical Association (CDC/AVMA), every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. seeks medical attention for a dog bite-related injury. Children are especially prone to suffer from dog and animal bites. More than 50% of those that suffer dog attacks are children—and 1 out of 10 injured is a sleeping baby! The CDC/AVMA reports that dog bites are a greater health threat for children than whooping cough, mumps, and measles combined. What to Do if You Are Bitten The most important thing for you to do after experiencing a dog bite attack is for you to seek the medical attention that you need in order to have a smooth healing process. Afterwards, when you are assessing whether you have a dog bite claim or not, you will want to consider when the bite occurred, who was at fault, if the dog owner’s homeowners insurance will cover the expenses, and what documentation there is of the attack. Click the link above to learn more about the steps that should be followed after a dog bite incident. Types of Dog Attacks Each case of a dog attack will be unique from all other cases in its own ways. However, there are trends within dog attacks and dog bite injuries that anyone experiencing such harm should be aware be aware of. Within the moment of emotional and physical distress, it maybe difficult to see the long-term consequences of a dog bite injury. To read more about the types of attacks as well as their long- and short-term effects, click the link above. Dog Bite Laws In Utah, the dog owner is nearly always responsible for any injuries that are caused by his or her dog. Unlike other states, an injured person in Utah does not need to prove that a dog involved in an attack was previously vicious or that the owner was aware of the dog’s danger. That being said, not all dog bite cases resulting in injury will leave the dog owner at fault. To learn more about your rights as a victim or a dog owner, click the link above. Dog Bite FAQs Once aware of the seriousness of dog bite attacks, many have questions regarding the best way to take care of themselves and loved ones. Those who have already been hurt may be wondering if they should file a claim and, if they do, what will happen to the dog involved in an attack. The link above will lead to commonly asked questions and their answers regarding dog bite attacks. Dog Bite Resources Each year, nearly five million people are bitten by a dog in the U.S. The seriousness of dog bite injury in the United States has lead many organizations to provide free information and services on spreading dog bite awareness. In addition, Chistensen & Hymas offers a free book to raise awareness and to guide a person through dealing with a dog bite incident. Dog Bite Statistics Some statistics are truly shocking. For example, of the millions of dog bite attacks in the United States, 50% of them involve children. Also, nearly a third of all fatal dog bite attacks in 2012 happened to people who were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred. Knowing when dog bites are most likely to occur, who is most prone to attack, which dogs are most likely to show aggression, and how often serious injuries occur are all important to having safe interactions with dogs. Contact Us We are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel welcome to continue browsing our pages, order one of our free accident books, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free initial consultation. We aim to provide you with personal, compassionate service as the experienced attorneys at Christensen and Hymas fight for your rightful compensation. Image courtesy of Nhandler on Wikimedia.