Dog bite injury statistics can show us a lot about how our culture treats dangerous dogs and their victims. They help tell us how to prevent tragic attacks and what to do when one happens. Here are 3 statistics I’ve seen in my work as a Memphis dog bite attorney that could help families stay safe:
1. Children make up more than 50% of all dog bite victims.
State Farm recently reported on their 2015 dog bite claims, and found children make up the majority of dog bite victims. Dangerous dogs can feel threatened by children because they don’t always control their behavior like adults do. For example, they might:
- Wander into other people’s yards
- Try to pet dangerous dogs without knowing
- Taunt animals from a distance
Children need to know why it’s dangerous to do any of the above. If at all possible, they should be supervised by an adult when out in the neighborhood, and they should never travel alone in a neighborhood that has a known dangerous dog.
2. Mail carrier dog bite claims increased 14% between 2014 and 2015.
This is probably due to increased internet sales: the more packages a mail carrier has to deliver to the door, the more likely he or she will have to come in contact with a dangerous animal. I’ve talked about this problem in detail before, because it’s a major issue in Memphis and one that needs better solutions for the protection of our postal workers.
3. Over the past decade, State Farm has paid nearly $1 billion for dog-related accident claims.
And that’s just one insurer! Dog attacks are not something insurance companies take lightly. They can cause a lifetime of medical expense and even be fatal. When they happen, you need to make a claim. That’s the only way to get compensation to help pay for your medical expenses and other losses.
What Dog Bite Injury Statistics Can’t Tell You
Our Memphis dog attack lawyers see one thing these statistics won’t show you: the human toll of a dog bite injury case. We see families totally traumatized, and we since insurance companies refuse to pay the claim.
Fortunately, that’s not how it has to go for everyone. Our attorneys fight the battles with the insurance company for you, so you and your loved ones can focus on getting better. We don’t get paid anything unless you do. And we give you real attention and care – you’re never a statistic to us.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you don’t have go it alone. Give us a call today at 901-327-1212 to speak with an attorney for free, or contact us using the form on this page.