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Dog Bite Statistics
Aurora and Denver Dog Bite Attorney
- Every year, approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs.
- One in Five dog bites are actually severe enough to require medical treatment of some kind.
- Each year approximately 885,000 individuals seek medical treatment due to a dog bite related injury. Half of these are children.
- In 2006, greater than 31,000 individuals sustained a severe dog bite injury that required reconstructive surgery.
- Children ages 5-9 are at a higher risk for dog bite injuries.
- In 2001, 154,625 children ages 14 and younger were bitten by a dog, and boys seem to be at a higher risk than girls.
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 16,526 dog bite injury cases were work related.
- If you have a dog in your home, you are more likely to be bitten.
- The incidence of dog bite injuries increases with the number of dogs in your home. Adults with 2 or more dogs are almost 5 times more likely to sustain a dog bite injury.
- 70% to 76% of all dog bite injuries involve un neutered male dogs.
- Choosing to have your dog spayed or neutered is a way to help reduce aggression.
- Approximately 12 people die each year from a dog bite injury.
- Each year the insurance industry pays more than $1 billion in homeowner’s liability claims due to dog bite injuries.
- Hospital expenses for dog bite injuries are estimated to be $102.4 million.
- Several communities in Colorado have breed specific bans which make it illegal to own certain types of aggressive dogs in the community.
- Rabies vaccinations have reduced the number of confirmed cases of rabies in dogs to 126 in 1997. This number is down significantly from the 6,949 cases in 1947.