In the U.S. alone there were 38 fatal dog attacks. Of these attacks pit bulls were contributed to 61% of these fatal attacks while only being 5% of the total U.S. dog population.
Annual data from 2012 shows that 50% (19) of the victims were adults, 21-years and older, and the other half were children, ages 8-years and younger. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2012, 79% (15) were ages 2-years and younger.
Annual data also shows that males were more often victims, 61% (23), than females. The majority of male victims, 61% (14), were ages 8-years and younger. Of the total female victims, only 33% (5) fell into this same age group.
In 2012, roughly one-third, 32% (12), of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred. Children 8-years and younger accounted for 75% (9) of these deaths.
Dog ownership information for 2012 shows that family dogs comprised 58% (22) of all fatal occurrences; 82% (31) of all incidents occurred on the dog owner’s property and 18% (7) resulted in criminal charges, down from 29% in 2011.
Anytime dealing with a dog bite or attack, it can be not only physically painful but emotionally as well. During these times it is important to have someone helping you sort to what to do from a legal standpoint. Do not leave these situations to chance. In most states, owners of aggressive dogs are completely liable for medical expenses, all other losses and legal damages in any instance where a dog inflicted severe injury on a person without provocation. There is no exception to this, regardless if the dog has never bitten a person before.
If you or your loved one are in a hospital or recovering at home, the South Carolina dog bite injury attorneys at George Sink Injury Lawyers will come to you and help ease the burden during your dog bite injury recovery.