How To Prevent a Florida Dog Bite This Holiday Season

by Carmen Dellutri on December 26, 2011

Port Charlotte personal injury attorneyDuring the holiday season, your child will likely come in to contact with dogs at the homes of friends and family. You may even be considering purchasing a dog for Christmas. Unfortunately, children between five and nine years of age are most prone to dog bites. In fact, kids under the age of 15 represent 70 percent of all dog bite victims

According to the CDC, 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites each year. Of those, one in five bites require medical attention. In many cases, reconstructive surgery is needed to repair a dog bite injury.

Below are a few more alarming statistics about children and dog bites, as reported by the Huffington Post:

  • The most severe dog bite injuries happen almost exclusively to children under the age of 10.
  • Over 60 percent of dog bites occur at home or another familiar place.
  • Over 75 percent of dogs that bite are owned by the child's family or a friend.
  • Most fatal dog bites are in children.
  • Most dog bites are unprovoked; most victims are engaged in normal activities when the bite occurs.
  • Fatal infant dog bite attacks most often involve a sleeping baby.
  • Fortunately, fatal dog bites are rare.

For tips on how to teach your child to avoid a dog bite, please see our previous post available here.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida animal attack caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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