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Children show increase in dog bite injuries in 2018

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2019 | Dog Bite Injuries, Firm News

Dogs are popular pets throughout Georgia. While most people will treat these animals well and make certain they are well-trained and will not bite people, there are still a significant number of incidents in which there are dog bite injuries. Researchers assess the statistics to gauge how frequently this happens and why, as they seek to formulate solutions to put a stop to it. Dog bites can cause lifelong damage and even death. For those who have been bitten or had a loved one bitten and killed, having legal advice is imperative to think about filing a lawsuit for compensation.

New research examines how frequently people are treated for dog bites across the U.S. On an annual basis, there are more than 4.5 million dog bites. 800,000 require the victim to seek medical treatment. The Insurance Information Institute and State Farm say that in 2018, there was an overall reduction in dog bites by 9 percent. That came to 338 fewer claims. The amount that was paid reduced by 7 percent, coming to a saving of more than $9 million.

The researchers stated that there was a rise in emergency room trips for children up to age one after dog bites. That nearly doubled to 3,125 last year from slightly fewer than 1,800 in 2001. Lawsuits are common after a dog bite and these can be integral to the victim getting proper treatment and being compensated for dog bite injuries. Homeowners’ liability might cover the costs. The researchers said that in 2018, these insurance payments accrued to $675 million. There was a decrease of dog bite claims by 6.6 percent in 2018 from 2017. The cost for each claim rose by more than 5 percent. State Farm paid for 3,280 dog bites with $123 million.

After a dog bite, those who have been injured should remember that the medical expenses, lost wages, long-term damage and even death could warrant a lawsuit against the pet owner. Seeking representation from a law firm that has helped many people with their personal injury claims – including dog bite injuries – could be one of the first steps toward a successful lawsuit.