Dog bite injuries pose a substantial threat to our communities in the United States. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and more than 8,000,000 of those bitten require medical attention. About half of the people that are bitten each year are children, and children are far more likely to sustain serious injuries from a dog attack. Dog bites are a growing problem, with the number of reported incidents increasing by a million per year. This is mainly attributed to an increase in dog ownership which went from 55 million in 1996 to almost 77 million today.
If you've been the victim of a dog attack, you may be asking, "Who can I sue for a dog bite injury?" Our dog bite attorneys are ready to help answer all of your questions concerning a dog bite lawsuit. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), dog bites and injury from dog attacks accounted for over one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims in 2015. The average cost per claim went up 16 percent over the previous year.
Since medical care costs have gone up, so have dog bite injury lawsuit awards. Rising health care costs coupled with judges and juries being more sympathetic towards victims of dog attacks make filing a dog injury claim something to consider seriously. You should be compensated for the cost of medical care and your pain and suffering.