General Information on Dog Bite Injuries

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., with one in five of those bites requiring medical attention. The majority of dog bite victims are children. In many cases the injury is so extensive that it requires reconstructive surgery and may leave a dog bite victim with permanent scars or disfigurement.

Some common injuries that we have seen sustained from dog attacks in Maryland and Virginia include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruises and puncture wounds from teeth
  • Eye damage
  • Head/brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury

Expenses paid as a result of dog bites exceed $1 billion per year. Every year, in fact, more than 350,000 dog bite victims seek medical attention in emergency rooms, and approximately 850,000 seek medical attention outside of the hospital. Recent studies by the CDC reveal that there were 4.5 million dog bite victims per year. Approximately, 15,000 dog bite victims each year recover for their injuries.

In 2008, DogsBite.org reported 23 fatal dog attacks. Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 65%. Pit bulls make up 5% of the U.S. dog population.

Common Factors an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney Must Review

To prove liability, a dog bite attorney in Maryland or Virginia must:

  • Ask the owner about the dog's history
  • Talk to neighbors and all potential witnesses
  • Write down the circumstances of the injury, draw diagrams
  • Obtain a medical history of the dog
  • Obtain records from animal control concerning the dogs history
  • Obtain police reports
  • Obtain obedience / training records if they exist
  • Get medical and ambulance records
  • Obtain an expert
  • Get witness statements from all witnesses immediately
  • Take pictures of the injuries

For a free consultation to discuss your dog bite injury case, please call us in Maryland at (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 or in Virginia at (703) 916-1227, or complete the form on our website.