Need for Prevention to Reduce Number of Texas Dog Bite Injuries
The American Veterinary Medical Association has designated this as national Dog Bite Prevention Week. It runs from May 15 to May 21.
The need for a reminder about the dangers of dog bites and other animal attacks is especially important in Texas. According to data from State Farm insurance, Texas was in the top 5 states for number of dog bite claims in 2010.
Overall, there were 33 fatal dog attacks around the country last year. Twenty of these deaths were of young children. Statistics show that 60 percent of all victims of dog bites are children under 12.
Clearly dog owners need to be more careful in restraining their dogs. Most of us have heard the oft-repeated line by a dog owner, when their barking dog approaches us, “Oh, but he doesn’t bite.”
But dogs do bite – and not just big dogs, like pit bulls or Dobermans. Little dogs, such as Chihuahuas, but too. A dog’s propensity to bite depends on many factors, including both nature (heredity) and nurture (socialization, proper obedience training).
Dog owners need to be more responsible in protecting other people, particularly children, from being bitten. Bad bites often leave lasting scars. And the emotional trauma of an attack, especially for children, can be long-lasting as well.
If you have been injured by a dog bite or other animal attack, contact me to discuss your legal options. As an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer, I can help you pursue proper compensation for the injuries.