This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the US Postal Service. As Atlanta dog bite attorneys, we were sad to see that Georgia is one of the top ten states for dog bites. In fact, Georgia ranks ninth out of the fifty states, with only California, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and Florida ahead of it. According to this study, there were 121 dog bite claims in 2012 with an insurance payout of $3.3 million.
But this is much less than the actual number of dog bites in Georgia each year. For example, Forsyth County alone reported 142 dog bites in 2012, and have already had 37 dog bites in 2013. Nationally, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, accounting for five percent of hospital visits, in a country with about 70 million dogs. The Post Office says 5,879 mail carriers were the victims of dog bites in 2012. And the Post Office noted, as well, that children are 900 times more likely to be bitten by dogs than mail carriers. They are the most commonly reported public health problem for children in the US. The Post Office’s National Dog Bite Prevention week hopes to raise awareness and educate people about the problem, including with talks by dog bite victims.
Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, said, “Dogs are wonderful, intelligent and loyal creatures, but they depend on responsible owners to teach them how to behave around people.” This highlights that a lot of times the dog simply has a bad or negligent owner, and that owner should be held responsible when the dog does something dangerous. Bad dog owners, especially of dangerous animals with more aggressive tendencies, need to be held to account.
Dr. Aspros also said, “Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite.” The Post Office provided some tips. Some are obvious, like be careful with strange dogs and don’t approach dogs you don’t know. If you think a dog might try to bite or attack, they recommend that you avoid screaming and running away, but rather stand still with your hands at your sides and avoid eye contact with the animal until the animal loses interest and goes away. If it does attack, try to give it your jacket or anything else you can put between yourself and the dog. If you are on the ground, curl up and remain motionless.
Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers
If someone in your family has been bitten by a dog, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can able to help you understand your case and any options to move forward with legal avenues against an irresponsible and negligent dog owner. Contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form (https://www.sclawpc.com/lawyer-attorney-1856530.html) for a free consultation today.
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