Continuing yesterday's article about dog bite attacks across the country, we will refer to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) website relating to dog bites and attacks. Please view the original webpage by clicking this link. Some of the information provided by the CDC relates to helping children interact with dogs, especially since children are one of the most vulnerable populations for dog attacks. Some tips for children/dog interaction include 1) cautioning the child to be very still when approaching an unfamiliar dog, 2) if the child is knocked over by a dog, they should roll into a ball and remain very still, and 3) avoid direct eye contact with the dog.
Our law firm recently compiled information about dog attacks and dog bites across the country. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) provided a wealth of information and statistics relating to incidences of dog attacks in the United States. According to their webpage relating to dog bites, which can be found by clicking here, about 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year. Out of those 4.5 million, about 1 in 5 (or over 880,000 people) require medical attention for their bites. Out of that number, half of those are children. In 2012 alone, more than 25,000 victims had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog attack.
Every year nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and close to half of those victims are children. 1 in 5 people that are victims of dog bites require medical attention, which equates to about 900,000 Americans that received medical attention for dog bites in the past year.
A McKeesport police officer was recently in the news for a lawsuit against two local dog owners. According to news source Officer.com, the police officer was investigating a domestic disturbance in McKeesport when he was attacked by the owners' 100+ pound pit bull. The officer was bitten on both hands, which led to scarring and tendon damage. The officer was also accidentally shot in the heel by his partner, as the partner tried to prevent the dog from doing further damage. Due to Pennsylvania's lack of the "firefighter's rule", a law which prohibits public safety officers from filing similar claims, the officer was able to successfully file a lawsuit. According to the original article, the officer was able to sue because he "can sue for damages as long as the injury was caused by negligent or intentional conduct that was separate from the conduct tghat contributed to the emergency". The dog owners had been cited six times in the prior few weeks for failing to keep their dog confined, as well as not having a dog license.