According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 4.7 million dog bites each year. 800,000 serious enough to require medical attention including 386,000 emergency room visits. I know that people love their pets; however, the large number of incidents is alarming not only emotionally and physically but financially as well. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average dog bite insurance claim recovery is over $32,000.
Fortunately, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog bite claims; however, some insurance policies may include an exclusion for all dog bite claims or only for certain breeds such as Pit Bulls. If you own a dog, you should review your policy with your agent to make sure you are protected.
Any dog breed can bite; however, certain breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are more prone to bite. No one is sure why this is. It could be genetics from breeding or a product of the environment in which the dog is raised. Under either scenario, certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous. Male dogs are also more likely to be involved in a fatal attack. Be careful and try to take some simple steps to avoid being bitten:
1. Don’t assume a dog is friendly and approach it without consent of the owner especially if you are unfamiliar with the dog.
2. It is best to remain still if a dog approaches you.
3. Stay away from the dog if it is eating.
4. Avoid eye contact with the dog.
5. If a dog is attacking you, roll into a ball and stay still. Movement will scare the dog more.
If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, you need to contact me immediately at 1-855-Joe-Legal (Toll-Free) to protect yourself as well as your family. I have over 25 years of vast experience as a Dog Bite Lawyer.