USA Today recently published an article detailing the findings of a study by the
University of Colorado, Denver, where data of children bitten by dogs
was analyzed. Researchers discovered the attacks were most often by a
breed of the animal that is considered to be “good with children,”
such as a Labrador retriever, and generally a child’s face and eyes
are the main targets for injuries.
The study looked at data regarding 537 children who were treated at the
Children’s Hospital in Denver for facial injuries resulting from
a dog bite between 2003 and 2008. Researchers found that 68 percent of
dog bites occurred in children aged five or younger, with the highest
incidence occurring in three-year-olds.
The dog breeds involved in these specific attacks were not breeds generally
associated with dog bites. Accounting for 23 percent of bites were mixed
breeds; followed by Labrador retrievers at about 13 percent, then Rottweilers
at about 5 percent, German shepherds at 4 percent, and Golden retrievers
at 3 percent. The study did not include Pit bull attacks because the animal
is banned in Denver.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately
4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. About 885,000 require
medical attention. The total cost associated with dog bite injuries is
estimated to be around $250 million annually.
If you or your child has been injured as a result of a dog bite, it may
be a good decision to consult with a personal injury attorney to find
out your legal rights and options. The experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable
Santa Cruz dog bite attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates will seek
to hold negligent dog owners liable while you recover from your injuries.
Please call us today at (800) 900-0863 for a free consultation on your
Santa Cruz dog bite case.
Be sure to read the next blog post to learn useful tips in how to help
prevent dog bites.