Long regarded as a humanity’s best friend, dogs are an almost ubiquitous presence throughout many homes in the country. Because of this, we often find ourselves in the presence of dogs. Whether or not we are anticipating interacting with dogs during any given day, dogs might very well appear in unexpected places. Most of the time, this is not an issue; most of the time, dogs are well behaved, cared for by their owners, and gentle. But not always.
During a 13-year segment of time, from the 1st of January, 2005, until the 31st of December, 2017, there were a reported total of 433 people in the U.S. who were killed by dogs. This number, already surprisingly high, does not take into account the number of people injured or mauled by dogs. Additional facts to consider relating to dog attacks and injuries include:
- 65.6% of all dog-related human fatalities were inflicted by pit bulls. The second highest number of fatalities were inflicted by Rottweilers, accounting for a total of 10.4% of all fatalities.
- 48% of all the victims who died from dog attacks during the above-mentioned stretch of time were nine-years-old or younger.
- 27% of fatalities due to dog bites, the largest single percentage for any age group, were suffered by children between 0 and two-years-old.
- Rural areas accounted for four times more emergency medical visits due to dog bites than did urban locations in 2008.
- During the 2016 year, the number of Postal Service workers attacked by dogs rose by over 200 from the previous year.
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury due to a dog, then you fully understand what a bewildering and terrifying ordeal it can be. Sadly, these incidents are primarily the result of lack of training or abuse leveled at the dog from the dog’s owner. That you or a loved one were injured or worse by this animal is the responsibility of the person whose job it was to control the dog, and it is their responsibility to make as much restitution as possible in the case.
We at the MacDowell Law Group have worked for many years within Fairfax County and the surrounding area to help dog bit victims receive the maximum possible financial reparation from the guilty party or parities in the case. Our role as a representative in the courtroom has given numerous people the ability to focus on the recovery process without unnecessary worry about the financial implications caused by wage loss, medical bills, or property damage caused by dog bites.
Those interested in finding out more information on how the MacDowell Law Group can help you along your path to recovery from a dog attack should contact us by calling (703) 277-2811 or by emailing our legal team using the secure form connected to this page.
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