Dog Bite Accident Study Reveals New Data

dog biteDog bite accidents happen when we least expect. Unfortunately for the victim, however, most of these incidents involve dogs that actually belong to an immediate family member, at least that’s what Mayo Clinic’s latest study has demonstrated.

According to the research, which was carried out with the help of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, over 50 percent of all dog bite incidents that result in injuries can be traced back to dogs owned by a member of the family. The study looked into dog bite accident records from a 74-month period. About 55 percent of the victims were male, and the most common injuries were lacerations to the victim’s face. Other injuries included fractures and other more serious injuries such as genital or neck trauma.

Most of the patients were 5-year-olds while most of the incidents were linked to pit bulls.

In 60 percent of the cases, injuries required surgeries. According to experts, most dog bite studies won’t take the psychological effects of dog bites. Victims are often traumatized. An issue that will cost them later in life.

In order to avoid incidents, individuals should understand that familiarity may confer a false sense of safety. Staying away from dogs that appear aggressive could help to avoid incidents, but pet owners should be the ones who are working tirelessly to make sure that their pets are socialized and fixed.

At the moment, experts are looking into the matter in order to find the best approach to educate individuals.

If you’re concerned either because you’re a pet owner or because you have family members or close friends who are pet owners and you would like to learn more about how you could proceed to make sure you’re safe while you spend time with somebody’s pet, follow this link to read the full report.

If you were injured in a dog bite incident, make sure to contact us to let us help you with your case. You deserve to have your rights upheld.

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