Dog Bite Statistics

The Millar Law Firm regularly reviews Georgia dog bite laws and consults with behavioral experts to keep up with changes in the law and safety practices.  Believe it or not, dog bite laws change and evolve over time as new laws are passed and Appellate Courts decide what is and is not a valid case.  You need lawyers who constantly keep up with these sometimes significant changes in this specialized area of law.

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 of being bitten and of suffering greater harm from dog bite injuries. Young children, in fact, are the victims in half of the millions of dog attacks that occur in our country every year.

Graphic of a child sitting and an elderly man with a cane standing. Children under age 12 and older adults are particularly at risk of being bitten and of suffering more serious dog bite injuries.When you or someone close to you has been bitten by a dog in Georgia, you may be able to recover compensation under certain conditions. It is important for you to talk to an experienced lawyer about your Atlanta or Georgia dog bite case.  Contact the Georgia dog bite lawyers of The Millar Law Firm 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

4.5 Million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States.The frequency of dog bites and how often a dog bite seriously injures someone in the U.S. each year may surprise you.

Studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta show that between 4 and 5 million people in the U.S. each year experience a dog bite. But, the CDC says that only around 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, about 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 has joined with local governments to create dog bite prevention programs in several counties, including Chatham County, and Effingham  and Bulloch counties. Reports from the health departments in these counties say that in 1999 there were:

  • 152 bites for every 100,000 people in Chatham County.
  • 87 bites or attacks for each 100,000 population in Bulloch County; and
  • 24 incidents per 100,000 persons living in Effingham County, Georgia.

Children and Dog Bites

Dog and Child sitting face-to-face. Children between 5 and 9 years-old become old enough to come into contact with dogs while unsupervised.Approximately one-half of dog  attack or dog bite victims each year are children 5 to 9 years of age. This is an age range during which children become old enough to come into contact with dogs while unsupervised. These children are often too young to know how to deal with a dog correctly or be unable to avoid or ward off an aggressive dog’s advances. Among older children, the number of dog bites tends to decrease, per the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

Man with a cane, sitting downElderly 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.

Around 2/3 of the children injured by dogs are 4 just years old or younger, and the bites they suffer are most often to the neck and head areas.

More boys than girls suffer dog bites, according to the CDC.

Another recent CDC study found:

  • Girl closeup to a dog. 80 percent of dog bites suffered by people 18 years or younger are inflicted by a neighbor's dog (50 percent) or a family dog (30 percent).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 the fatal dog attacks reported during 1997-1998 happened to the dog’s  family members or to guests visiting the dog’s property.
  • About 16,476 dog bites (8 percent of the total) suffered by people 16 years old or older were work-related. Some occurred while the victims were visiting the owner’s property or home as part of their work or on-the-job duties.

Which Dogs Bite?

Dog, viciously barking. 27752 patients underwent reconstructive surgery to repair dog bite injuries in 2012.It is important to understand that any dog can bite, even a dog you believe to be friendly.

In 2000, the CDC studied the breeds most commonly involved in deadly attacks over a nearly twenty year period. They gathered data from local businesses and agencies such as the local news and the Humane Society about serious dog-bites and attacks and deaths caused by dogs between 1979 and 1998, and reviewed more than three-hundred fatal attacks.

The CDC discovered that around 25 dog breeds had been involved in one or more fatalities over the twenty years:

  • Pit bull-type
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Husky breeds (such as Siberian Husky)
  • Akita
  • Bull-mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Malamute
  • Boxer
  • Collie
  • Australian Shepard
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Wolf-Hybrids
  • Newfoundland
  • Bulldog
  • Mastiff
  • Chow Chow
  • Great Dane
  • Mixed breeds
  • Hound-type
  • Retriever-type
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Terrier-type
  • Japanese Hunting Dog
  • Sled-Type
  • Coonhound
  • Lab-Retreiver
  • Saint Bernard
  • Sheepdog
  • Cocker Spaniel

Contact our Georgia Dog Bite Lawyers Today

Georgia is among the 10 states with the highest number of dog bite claims, according to an analysis of homeowners' claims by the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm.The experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyers at The Millar Law Firm can help you receive damages for medical expenses and pain and suffering for attacks caused by careless management of a dog. We help dog  and animal bite and attack victims throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and all across Georgia. Contact Millar Law today for a free case evaluation by calling 404-620-4301 or completing our online form.