Dog bites are among the most traumatic events that Floridians can suffer. These injuries are usually unexpected and can also be severe, requiring considerable medical treatment. The injuries are even worse in children, especially when the bite occurs on the face.
Millions of dog bites occur annually
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, with some even requiring hospitalization. The majority of incidents occur in the later afternoon and early evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Although many people think that the majority of dog bites happen when someone encounters a vicious feral dog, that’s usually not the case. Most cases occur when the child knows the pet; the animal usually belongs to an extended family member or a friend. Neither are aggressive species primarily involved. Bites occur because a child has somehow violated the dog’s space, and the animal takes offense to it.
Dog bites are different from other injuries because they are complex, sometimes involving tissue loss, head injuries from being shaken, and broken bones, in addition to puncture wounds. Death from blood loss can occur in small children, especially when the injury occurs to the face, which has an extensive system of blood vessels.
Getting prompt medical treatment is crucial
Dogs often lunge for the head or the neck when they feel threatened. Injuries can occur to the carotid artery, producing devastating results. Improper medical care can also result in additional problems emanating from the original trauma.
If you or your child has suffered a dog bite that resulted from negligence from the animal’s owner, you may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation for your injuries. Those funds can help pay for your medical treatments and living expenses during recovery.