No Matter the Breed, Dogs Can Bite

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 2-Dec-2010

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.

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