According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites each year. Of them, nearly 825,000 dog bites are severe enough to require medical attention. In 2017, there were 77 dog attacks in Connecticut.
In addition to medical expenses and long-term physical effects like scarring or disfigurement, dog attack victims can suffer serious emotional effects. Dog bites can be particularly harmful to children, who are prone to being bitten in the face—resulting in life-long scarring.
Yet, out of the total 4.5 million annually, just one percent of all Americans bit or attacked by a dog receive any compensation. Depending upon severity, the injury could result in time away from work, and thus lost income or future earnings, current and long-term medical bills, and pain and suffering. Unless an experienced Connecticut dog bite lawyer is involved, insurance adjusters tend to estimate just 10 to 20 percent of the total amount a victim should receive.
What can be done to prevent dog bites? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dog owners can take the following steps:
- Socialization with other dogs, animals and people
- Proper training, neutering and regular exercise
We are dog lovers too, but it’s important to remember that unfamiliar dogs may not be used to strangers. Without the owner’s permission, it can be unsafe to approach a dog, including when it is:
- Sleeping or resting with puppies
- Playing with a toy
- Barking or growling
- Not with its owner
To speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite attorneys, contact Trantolo & Trantolo today. Our lawyers will discuss your case and help determine your next steps.