Dog Bite Emergencies
According to AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association):
Did you know that…
- 4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year
- Children are by far the most common victims
- 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites each year
- Children are far more likely to be severely injured; approximately 400,000 receive medical attention every year
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs
- Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims
There are a number of things that can be done to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing pets to educating children on how, or if, they should approach a dog.
The AVMA recommends that if you are bitten by a dog, you should do the following:
- If the dog’s owner is present, request proof of rabies vaccination, and get the owner’s name and contact information;
- Clean bite wound with soap and water as soon as possible;
- Consult your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if it’s after office hours; and
- Contact the dog’s veterinarian to check vaccination records.
Many homeowners’ policies cover liability for animal attacks.
Call 704-867-2828 to schedule a free consultation regarding your personal injury claim.