What Are the Stats?
A study by the Texas Department of Health that looked at dog attack trends throughout the state found that over 57 percent of all dog attack victims were younger than 21. (Those aged 5 or younger accounted for 19.8 percent of attacks; those aged 6-10 for 17.9 percent; and those aged 11-20 for 19.6 percent.).
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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the odds are 3.2 to 1 that the victim of a dog attack will be a child. To make matters worse, the CDC reports that severe injuries resulting from dog attacks occur almost exclusively in children aged 10 or younger. More than 75 percent of all children seeking medical attention for dog bite injuries suffer bites in their facial area, which includes the neck and entire head of the victim. Fractured skull injuries are particularly common in children who have been attacked by a vicious dog.
Where Do Most Dog Bites Happen?
Sadly, most dog attacks occur either in or around the home, meaning that the dog responsible for attacking the child is usually owned by a friend, neighbor or relative.
In dog attack cases where the child victim is aged less than 4 years old, the CDC reports that it is extremely common that the attacking dog is actually the family pet. In a recent study, they concluded that this was the situation in 47 percent of cases, and that the attack occurred in the family home in 90 percent of such cases.
What To Do After Your Child Has Been Bit By a Dog
First and foremost, seek medical attention.
It's important to take your child to a doctor for two reasons: mainly, for the sake of their health. Also, because it will affect your claim later down the line.
You can read more about how seeing a doctor affects your dog bite claim here.
If your child was seriously hurt in the incident, I'd advise you to consult a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help explain your rights and will take over your case to help you and your child win the compensation you deserve.
If you choose not to hire an attorney, you will need to make a claim against the dog owner. Their insurance company will be responsible for covering the cost of your child's medical bills that resulted from the dog bite.
What Insurance Covers Dog Bites?
The dog owner's homeowners insurance will cover the child's medical bills.
You can learn more about insurance that covers dog bites by reading my article here.
What If Your Child Was Bit When You Were Away?
Let's say you hired a babysitter and a dog attacked your child while under their care. Or maybe they were at daycare playing outside when a dog bit them.
Learn more about these scenarios by reading my article here.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
Dog attacks are frightening, especially when they happen to a loved one. You likely have questions concerning your rights in Texas - we can help.
For more information, please call the personal injury lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation. Call at 817-294-1900.
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