About 77.8 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States according to a 2015/2016 survey from by the American Pet Products Association.
And while most dogs are usually affable companion they are can bite — sometimes with devastating consequences. Upwards of four million people are bitten by dogs each year, and the numbers are rising. According to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, in California alone, 39,000 people went to emergency rooms following dog bites in 2015, up 44 percent from 2006, In the 11-year period of 2005 through 2015, canines killed 360 Americans.
The rise in injuries and fatalities due to dog bites is due to an increase in dog ownership as well as a surge in people who use their canine friends as protection vs. companionship.
Sadly, young children and the elderly are most likely to be hospitalized following a serious dog bite, with one-fourth of the Californians killed by dogs between 2005 and 2013 under the age of 10, according to the Calif. Dept. of Public Health.
Being attacked by a dog is a traumatic experience and can result in serious injury and emotional duress. Over the years, CaseyGerry attorneys have helped hundreds of dog bite victims attain maximum compensation for their injuries. Our talented team uses their vast resources, experience and state of the art investigative techniques to achieve justice for our clients. If you or a family member has been injured because of a dog attack, please contact CaseyGerry.