Imagine allowing your child to go on a field trip to the zoo, only to later find out that your child was bitten by an animal. Who would you be able to blame? Would it be the zoo's responsibility to keep your child safe or the school's job? You signed a waiver for your child to take the trip, so does it apply now?
As many as 8,000 people are bitten in the United States each year by venomous snakes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bites are fatal to about five out of those thousands of people.
The owner of two pit bulls was apologetic when pleading guilty to two charges of dog at large in the Seabrook District Court. "We apologize and we're very, very sorry," the owner of the dogs said. "I hope everything looks good for (the victims) in the future."
When people think of potentially dangerous animal bites, probably very few consider cat bites to have the potential of becoming a problem. In fact, it might be shocking to find out that cat bites have the highest risk of becoming infected than any other type of animal bite.
Dogs are often said to be "man's best friend, " but when someone is bitten, the consequences can be significant for the victim. Dogs can maim or kill someone rather quickly, especially children.
Despite the fact that many people discuss dog bites when they think of animal bites, the truth is that cat bites are as dangerous or potentially even more so when it comes to infection. Cat bites, specifically those to the hands, can cause serious infections that impact your life in a variety of ways.
Many people fear diseases such as rabies or tetanus when they're bitten by an animal, but there are other complications that are much more common. For instance, deep puncture wounds make it possible for bacteria to gather and get trapped in the body. This can cause deep infections that are difficult to treat. For this reason, those who suffer a dog or cat bite may need to have the wound disinfected or cleaned in a surgical procedure.
Dog bites pose many risks beyond the initial punctures and tears. The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association states that there are around 77.5 million dogs in the U.S. Around 2 percent of people are bitten annually, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You might have been visiting a friend, walking up to knock on a neighbor's door or been riding a bike across the street when a dog attacked. You recognize it as your neighbor's pet during the attack, and you say so after emergency help arrives. You are taken to receive medical care, and now you have to start asking how you're going to cover these expenses.
There are several ways that you can prove that an owner knew that his or her dog was vicious. In many states, you won't need to do this, but there's a chance the owner could claim that you caused the dog to attack.