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Dog Bite Attacks Common Throughout United States

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Knoxville Personal Injury Lawyer

Earlier this December, a Knoxville man was charged with child endangerment when a stray dog he allowed into his home bit a young girl. The dog bit the victim in the face and the child was ultimately transported to the hospital. The terrifying incident reminded families throughout the state of Tennessee of the real risk of dog bites. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, it is time to contact a legal team you can trust. 

Dog Attacks

While many Americans assume dog bites are an anomaly, canine bite incidents are actually fairly common across the U.S. According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur nationwide each year. While many of these dog bites do not result in serious injuries, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized for dog bite injuries on an annual basis. 

Children Face Increased Risk 

Much like the news story mentioned above, the most common victims of serious dog bites are children. Half of all dog bite victims are children between the ages of 5 and 9. Dog attack injuries are more common with children because they often fail to recognize signs they are provoking or angering the animal. 

Children also face an increased risk of severe injuries because of their small stature, evidenced by the case above in which the young girl was bitten in the face. Dog bites can result in serious life-threatening infections and disfigurement. 

If a dog that bit you was improperly restrained or unprovoked prior to the attack or has a history of biting, contact a legal professional. You and your family should not have to cover the medical costs related to the attack because of reckless dog ownership. 

Contact a Knoxville Dog Bite Lawyer

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our legal team is dedicated to helping you or your loved one recover from injuries suffered. Dog bite incidents are frequently a result of dog owner negligence. Dog bite injuries can lead to expensive hospitalization, costly physical therapy, and drastic long-term changes in lifestyle. To schedule a free consultation with a Jacksboro personal injury attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980.

Sources:

https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/dog-bites

https://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/

https://www.citizentribune.com/news/local/knoxville-man-charged-in-grainger-dog-bite-endangerment-case/article_03a76770-f7eb-11e8-abd6-1f10fa96c069.html

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