Category: Animal Attacks
Approximately 4.4 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. These bites result in an estimated 885,000 injuries requiring medical attention. About half of the injuries are sustained by children.
Encounters with wildlife animals are becoming more and more frequent and it is important to understand how to protect yourself, your property and your loved ones.
Everyone is aware of the tragedy that befell a child when he was attacked and killed by an alligator while on vacation at Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon. Reports of the heartbreak state that the attack happened in the evening and the child’s parents made efforts to free the child from the alligator but were unable to do so. The father suffered injuries to his hands during the rescue attempt.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place during the third full week of May each year. This year it is May 15-21. The week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. There are estimated to be 70 million dogs living in U.S. households. With so many dogs, many adults and children are bitten by dogs every year.
Not all dog attacks are minor. Some end up with severe injuries or even death.The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that, in one year, dogs bite more than 4.5 million people in the United States.
Nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries serious enough to require medical attention. Since children love animals, and dogs in particular, they are the most common victims of serious dog bites. Seventy percent of fatal dog attacks, and more than half of bite wounds requiring medical attention involve children.
Animals are unpredictable, and when they dart out from a yard, a nearby forest ,park, farm or ranch, they can be difficult to avoid. Some animals are large enough to do serious damage to cars or other vehicles and sometimes can even cause injury to the driver and passengers.
Floridians may or may not know that Florida has a strict liability law in place to cover individuals who are attacked or bitten by dogs. According to Fort Myers personal injury lawyer Randall Spivey, strict liability means that the injured party will not be required to demonstrate that the dog's owner was careless or negligent in any way when his or her pet bit the individual. Instead, the owner will be held responsible for the dog's attack automatically.
Anyone who has ever been bitten by a dog knows that the experience can be traumatic. Dog bites can leave individuals with not only psychological scars, but also a variety of medical issues. Fortunately for bite victims, dog owners can be held legally responsible under Florida law if their dogs bite individuals while out in public or while those individuals are legally on the owners' property.
Do you know how to avoid dog bites? If a dog bit you, your child or someone you know, would you know what to do?