Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bites present a significant danger to people in Atlanta, across Georgia and throughout the United States. Children under age 12 and older adults are particularly at risk, both of being bitten and of suffering more from dog bite injuries. Young children, in fact, are the victims in approximately half of the millions of dog attacks that occur in our country every year.
If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog in Georgia, you have the right to recover compensation under certain circumstances. It is important for you to discuss your case with an experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyer. Contact the Georgia dog bite lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC today for a free case evaluation by calling 404-620-4301 or by filling out our online contact form.
It’s a Fact: Dogs Bite
The frequency of dog bites and how often a dog bite seriously injures someone in the U.S. each year may surprise you.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta says more than 4.7 million people in the U.S. each year report that they have been bitten by a dog. But, the CDC says, only 17 percent of dog bites are reported.
Of the dog bite victims we know about, roughly 800,000 require medical care.
Of those people who seek medical care for dog bites, 386,000 require emergency room treatment.
About 16 people die every year because they were attacked by a dog, the CDC says.
In Georgia, the state Department of Health joined with local agencies to implement a comprehensive dog bite prevention program in Bulloch, Chatham and Effingham counties. Reports from the health departments in these counties say that in 1999 there were:
- 152 dog bites per 100,000 population in Chatham County.
- 87 dog bites per 100,000 population in Bulloch County.
- 24 dog bites per 100,000 population in Effingham County.
Children and Dog Bites
About half of the dog bite victims each year are children between the age of 5 and 9. This is an age range during which children become old enough to come into contact with dogs while unsupervised. But they may be too young to know how to deal with a dog correctly or be unable to avoid or ward off an aggressive dog’s advances. As children age, the rate of dog bites among the population decreases, the CDC says.
Elderly people are also more susceptible to dog bites because of an inability to fend off or avoid an aggressive animal. Because of their size and/or frailty, children and the elderly are more likely to be severely injured in a dog attack.
Almost two-thirds of injuries among children who are 4 years old or younger are to the head or neck region.
More boys than girls suffer dog bites, according to the CDC.
One recent CDC study found:
- 80 percent of dog bites suffered by people age 18 or younger are inflicted by a neighbor’s dog (50 percent) or a family dog (30 percent).
- 75 percent of fatal dog bites reported in 1997-1998 were inflicted on family members or guests on the family’s property.
- About 16,476 dog bites (8 percent of the year’s total) suffered by people 16 years old or older were work-related. Some occurred while the victims were visiting homes as part of their work activities.
Which Dogs Bite?
It is important to understand that any dog can bite, even a dog you know to be friendly.
In 2000, the CDC studied breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks over a 20-year period. The agency collected data from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and media accounts related to dog-bite attacks and fatalities from 1979 through 1998, and found more than 300 dog-bite-related human fatalities.
The CDC said more than 25 breeds of dogs were involved in at least one of these fatalities during the 20 years studied:
- Pit bull-type
- German Shepherd
- Husky-type (including Siberian)
- Wolf-dog hybrid
- Doberman Pinscher
- Chow Chow
- Great Dane
- Saint Bernard
- Labrador Retriever
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- West Highland Terrier
- Japanese Hunting Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Cocker Spaniel
Contact a Georgia Dog Bite Lawyer Today
The experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you recover money for medical expenses, pain and suffering if you have been bitten, attacked or mauled by a vicious dog. We represent dog bite and dog attack victims throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and across Georgia. Contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today for a free case evaluation by calling 404-620-4301 or completing our online form.