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Rhode Island Dog Bite Attorney – recourse and injuries

It is, unfortunately, becoming more common to hear of people who were attacked by vicious dogs in Rhode Island. Dog bites can cause serious injury or even death. Over 30 deaths occurred due to dog bites in 2010. Those who survive will often face steep medical bills and emotional trauma. Many people will have a hard time paying for their medical bills.

Dog owners are responsible in this situation. They are responsible for keeping their animals from attacking innocent people. It’s important for dog owners to ensure that their pets do not harm others. If they do not take proper precautions, tragedy can result.

“According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.” http://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/

Emotional Impact of dog attack

Being attacked by a dog in RI can cause more than just physical injuries. Dog attacks can leave a log lasting emotional effect on the victim. After being attacked by a dangerous dog, an individual’s sense of safety has been violated. They may feel fearful. Therefore, they may not feel comfortable go outside anymore. They can even become depressed. If the depression is not treated soon enough, it can get worse. When this happens, the depression can start to affect other areas of their life. The victim may have to seek out expensive treatment from a mental health professional to overcome these emotions.

Laceration

Lacerations are common  injuries when dogs attack. Lacerations range in severity. Some dog bites cause minor lacerations. However, some dog bites can cause major lacerations. This presents a dangerous situation. The dog bite victim is at risk of major blood loss and could go into shock. It is important that dog bite victims seek medical attention right away.

If they do not seek medical attention soon enough, serious injury or death could occur. Dog bite victims should go to the hospital even if they only suffered minor lacerations. They should get blood work done to make sure they did not pick up any diseases during the attack.

Emotional Impact

Being attacked by a dog in RI can cause more than just physical injuries. Dog attacks can leave a log lasting emotional effect on the victim. After being attacked by a dangerous dog, an individual’s sense of safety has been violated. They may feel fearful. Therefore, they may not feel comfortable go outside anymore. They can even become depressed. If the depression is not treated soon enough, it can get worse. When this happens, the depression can start to affect other areas of their life. The victim may have to seek out expensive treatment from a mental health professional to overcome these emotions.

Recourse

Being bit by a dog can be a very traumatic event. If the victim survives, they may be faced with long lasting physical and emotional injuries. Some dog bite victims are left with permanent injuries. Fortunately, they do not have to suffer alone. A qualified legal team of Rhode Island dog bite lawyers can help. Most jurisdictions have passed laws to protect the public from dangerous animals. Victims of dog bites in Rhode Island may be entitled to compensation that will cover the cost of the damages.

Statistics

The cdc reports: “In 2001, an estimated 368,245 persons were treated for dog bite–related injuries (rate: 129.3 per 100,000 population) (Table). The injury rate was highest for children aged 5–9 years and decreased with increasing age. Approximately 154,625 (42.0%) dog bites occurred among children aged <14 years; the rate was significantly higher for boys (293.2 per 100,000 population) than for girls (216.7) (p = 0.037) (Figure 1). For persons aged >15 years, the difference between the rate for males (102.9) and females (88.0) was not statistically significant. The number of cases increased slightly during April–September, with a peak in July (11.1%). For injured persons of all ages, approximately 16,526 (4.5%) dog bite injuries were work-related (e.g., occurred to persons who were delivering mail, packages, or food; working at an animal clinic or shelter; or doing home repair work or installations). For persons aged >16 years, approximately 16,476 (7.9%) dog bite injuries were work-related.” http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5226a1.htm

“Injuries occurred most commonly to the arm/hand (45.3%), leg/foot (25.8%), and head/neck (22.8%). The majority (64.9%) of injuries among children aged <4 years were to the head/neck region; this percentage decreased significantly with age (p<0.01) (Figure 2). Injuries to the extremities increased with age (p<0.01) and accounted for 86.2% of injuries treated in EDs for persons aged >15 years. Injury diagnoses were described frequently as “dog bite” (26.4%); other diagnoses included puncture (40.2%), laceration (24.7%), contusion/abrasion/hematoma (6.0%), cellulitis/infection (1.5%), amputation/avulsion/crush (0.8%), and fracture/dislocation (0.4%). Overall, 98.2% of patients were treated and released from the ED.” http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5226a1.htm

If you were injured by a dog bite, dog attack or dog caused injury, please contact a Rhode Island dog bite attorney