Posted on December 6th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
According to experts, the number of people admitted to the hospital due to dog bites has increased by 86% since 1993. The study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ASRQ) spanned 16 years and showed an increase in dog-bite related hospital stays from 5,100 in 1993 to 9,500 in 2008. Approximately 860 people are seen in emergency rooms per day on average and 26 people are admitted to the hospital related to dog bites. Young children and seniors are the most like to be hospitalized and about 43 % of people hospitalized due to dog bite require treatment for skin and underlying tissue infection. Most of these injuries happened on the legs or arms (22%); head, neck and torso (10.5%) and other injuries include fractured bones to blood poisoning . More than half of the hospitalized victims of dog bites required a procedures such as wound debridement, sutures, and skin grafts.
The study revealed that where one lives makes a difference in the number of dog bites. Rural residents are 4 times more likely as urban residents to be seen in emergency rooms and rural residents had 3 times as many hospital admissions. Treating victims of dog bites costs hospitals on average of $18,200 per patient and $54 million overall.
Dog-bite related injuries are serious, can be disfiguring and sometime deadly. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog-bite or dog attack, you may have a claim for personal injury as dogs are generally insured through the owner’s home owner insurance policy. Most towns and cities have leash laws to improve canine control and prohibit dog bites. However, even if a dog is on a leash and it bites, the owner can be liable for medical damages as well as lost wages of the victim.
Call Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm to safeguard your rights and financial well-being. Please contact the firm today to determine if you have a personal injury case relating to a dog bite at 1(314) 276-1681.
Source: Hospitalization for Dog-Bite Related Injuries Has Increased, Agency for Health Research and Quality, Dr. Anne Elixhauser and Laurel Homquist, M.A. 11/2010