Dog bites might be more common and serious that you have ever thought. While dogs are considered man’s best friend, not all are as friendly as they should be. Their temperament could be caused by a variety of factors, but the result nonetheless can be a serious injury.
Postal Workers Attacked by Dogs
Over the past two years, there were about 5,600 United States Postal Workers attacked by dogs throughout the nation. One postal worker in California even died as a result of complications from a dog bite. Read more about the serious damage a dog bite can cause.
Cleveland is among the top 4 cities with reported dog bites with 44 dog bite attacks. The other cities in the top four are Los Angeles with 83, San Diego with 68, and Houston with 47 bites. All of these dog bites accumulate medical expenses. The Postal Service paid out $1 million toward dog bites last year.
Insurance Companies and Dog Bites
Last year State Farm Insurance Company paid over $109 million toward dog bite claims. There were approximately 3,800 dog bite claims nationwide, an increase from 2010’s 3,500 claims.
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, whether it is a neighbor’s dog, a friend’s, or another individual’s, you should call a lawyer. If the injuries are serious enough to cause medical concern, you need to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to ensure a favorable settlement if you decide to file a claim.
You can contact our dog bite lawyers at 800.637.8170. If you’re not sure whether or not the dog bite you are calling about is serious enough for an injury claim, you can simply ask our lawyers for their opinion.
For more information regarding dog bites and what you should do after an incident, order a free copy of The Ohio Dog Bite Book.