According to a recent report, over 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States in 2013.
Children topped the list, with over 2 million bites among this population. U.S. Postal Service workers came in at number two, with 5,581 reported bites. California cities topped the list for those most affected by dog bites, with Los Angeles coming in at number 2 and San Diego at number 4. It is no surprise San Diego is on the list, considering 53 mail carriers were bitten in San Diego last year. Other statistics in the report dealt with the aftermath of dog bites, including insurance claim information. Californians filed 449 dog bite insurance claims in 2013, resulting in $4 million dollars in payouts.
Though dogs are considered man’s best friend, it is important to know that all dogs can bite. However, most dogs will not bite unless provoked or in a state of fear. Therefore, it is important to know how to prevent dog bites if you have a dog or enjoy being around them.
The American Humane Association says that two-thirds of child dog bite victims are bitten in the head or neck. Never leave a child alone with a dog, even if the dog is a trusted family pet. While children may innocently attempt to play with the dog, it may not be welcome, resulting in a dog bite. By properly monitoring children while playing with a dog, you greatly decrease the risk of biting.
Mail carriers are also common victims of dog biting. There are several steps you can take to protect your mail carrier from your dog. Firstly, be sure to keep the dog away from the door when you know mail is being delivered. Ensure that all members of your family, including children, know to not let the dog out when a mail carrier is near.
If you are out and wish to pet someone else’s dog, it is important to always ask permission first. The owner will know if the dog is friendly and would welcome a nice head rub. However, not all dogs welcome stranger’s advances. Thus, it is important to check with the owner before reaching your hand out to pet an unfamiliar dog.
Many dog owners and dog bite victims fail to understand the reality and danger of dog bites. If you are the victim of a dog bite, it is important to understand the law and consequences in the county of San Diego. With over 50 years of combined experience, the personal injury lawyers of Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego understand the law regarding dog bites. If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to understand your legal rights. Contact the Gilleon Law Firm, APC today for a free initial consultation.