A study of dog bite injuries nationwide found that the total costs of dog bites in the U.S. each year can be staggering. When averaged over all patients, the cost to treat a severe dog bite can be over $18,000, according to an Insurance Information Institute (III) study.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 337,529 dog bites requiring hospital treatment in 2009, a slight increase over 2008. Only about 16 bites a year are fatal, but of the rest, serious injuries and permanent scarring can result. The CDC estimates that over a million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs each year. Children between ages 5 and 14 are at the greatest risk, but a dog may bite a person of any age.
Dog bite claims are the most frequently-paid homeowners’ insurance claims, according to the III study. In 2010, insurers estimate that dog bite claims topped $479 million for medical bills, lost wages, and similar losses resulting from a dog bite injury. Missouri, like many states, also has a dog bite statute holding dog owners responsible when their dogs bite people in certain situations.
Dog bites rarely cause death, but they frequently cause painful injuries, many of which require hospital treatment. Fear, anxiety, and depression are also very real conditions that may understandably be caused by a dog attack, especially in children. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a dog bite, call the well-versed St. Louis County dog bite injury lawyers at Page Law today to learn more about your legal rights and options. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial telephone consultation is free and confidential.
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