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Dog bites: 880,000 people each year suffer dog bite injuries

Dog bites occur many times each year, leading to injuries and suffering for those who are attacked. Sometimes, these dog attacks are fatal. If you've been attacked by a dog, then you know how quickly even a short attack can leave you with wounds that take stitches, emergency surgery and possibly reconstructive surgery to repair.

To put it into perspective, consider the fact that there are over 75 million dogs within the United States. It's estimated that 4.5 million dog bites result in injuries each year, but many bites aren't reported, so that number could be extremely misleading.

Dog bites aren't just light playful bites when a puppy is teething or a playful pet mouthing an owner in excitement. Dog bites that get reported generally break the skin and were a result of a vicious attack from a distressed animal. It's estimated that these bites result in 880,000 people seeking emergency medical care every year.

While dogs don't have very sharp teeth, they do have strong jaws. The bite itself can penetrate tendons, nerves and muscle tissues, causing damage that can take months or years to heal properly. Of the victims listed above, around 30,000 have to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair damage caused by a dog bite. Around 15 to 20 people are fatally wounded.

Interestingly, men are at a higher risk of being bitten than women, and the risk of injury increases if there are dogs in the home. Children are actually at the highest risk, with those between the ages of 5 and 9 being more likely to be involved in a dog bite attack than anyone of other ages.

When you're injured in a dog attack, you can seek compensation from the animal's owner. An experienced attorney can give you more information on how seek compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering and much more.

Source: Medicine Net, "Dog Bite Treatment," accessed July 22, 2015

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