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Arizona Dog Bite Injury Statistics and Common Injuries

By Breyer Law Offices on January 12, 2011

The Humane Society of the United States reports the results of a National Pet Owners Survey in 2009 discovered that there are about 77.5 million dogs in the United States. Approximately 39 percent of all households in the U.S. own at least one dog. It is not a surprise then to learn that there is a relatively high occurrence of dog bite injuries in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. The CDC reports that about 800,000 Americans seek medical attention at local hospitals for dog bite injuries every year, and about half of these are young children. Around half of those that are injured, about 386,000 require emergency treatment. There are about 16 fatalities as a result of dog bite injuries annually.

Often, Arizona dog bite attacks result in the following hand, neck, and face injuries: lacerations; punctures; abrasions; tissue loss; fractured bones; crush injuries; nerve damage, and a risk of infections occurring such as rabies. A victim of a dog bite attack can also suffer severe scarring from their injuries.

In a dog bite attack in Arizona, the owner of the animal may be able to be held legally liable for a victim’s injuries, depending on factors such as whether the victim was aware of the dog’s behavior, whether the dog was provoked, and in which city or county the attack occurred. Compensation may be obtained by victims of a dog bite attack in Arizona to cover such expenses as hospital bills and pain and suffering.

If you have been injured in a dog bite attack in Arizona, contact the lawyers at The Breyer Law Offices P.C. We can help you conclude whether you have a substantial case against the dog’s owner. Call us today at 480-753-4534 to find out how we can help.

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