According to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, almost twice has many people are being hospitalized for dog bite injuries now than 15 years ago. While 5,100 dog bite victims sought hospitalization in 1993, 9,500 dog bite victims were hospitalized in 2008.
This rise in dog bite victims requiring hospitalization is much greater than the growth in population. Also, per the study’s author, senior research scientist Anne Elixhauser, pet ownership only went up slightly for the same time period.
Also per the report:
• Approximately 866 dog bite victims a day sought emergency room care.
• 26 people/day were admitted.
• Almost half of those that were hospitalized were treated for infections to the tissue and skin.
• Over half required wound debridement, skin grafts, and other procedures.
• Seniors over the age of 65 and kids under age 5 were the ones most likely to require hospitalization for their dog bite injuries.
• The average cost for treatment was $18,200.
Washington DC Dog Bite Case
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Washington DC dog attack, it is a good idea to explore your legal options. In DC, dog owners must confine a dangerous dog to prevent the pet from escaping, and put up warnings that a dog, if dangerous, is on the premise. That said, it can be tough for a DC dog bite victim to obtain injury compensation, which is why it is so important that you consult with a professional.
Risks: Hospital Admissions for Dog Bites Are on the Rise, New York Times, December 10, 2010
Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008, AHRQ (PDF)
Related Web Resources:
Dog Bite/Attack, Maryland Accident Law Blog
Dog Bite Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
You may be able to file a DC dog bite lawsuit against the liable party.