According to dog bite statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), roughly 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs each year. While dogs are beloved for being trusted and loyal companions, any type of dog could bite given the right set of circumstances. Dogs who are hungry, hurt, scared, or feel threatened are likely to attack, and the injuries caused by dog bites can be severe and life threatening. Common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds;
- Torn muscles and cartilage;
- Severe infections; and
- Physical and emotional issues due to trauma.
Negligent dog owners who fail to keep their dogs leashed and under control may be liable for damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation dog bite victims may be entitled to includes medical benefits and compensation for pain, suffering, scarring, and mental anguish caused by the attack.