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Important statistics about dog bites

On Behalf of | Nov 26, 2019 | Premises Liability

People have a much higher chance of dying from natural causes, like cancer or a heart problem, than they do of dying from a dog bite. In fact, a Colorado resident would be more likely to die at the hands of a stinging insect, like a wasp or bee, than they would from a dog bite.

On the other hand, a lot of significant dog bites do happen around the country each year. Estimates show that about 4.7 million people get bitten each year, and 800,000 of them, or about 20%, need some sort of medical attention as a result. These sorts of more significant injuries can range anywhere from an expensive trip to the emergency room all the way up to permanent disfigurement or painful and time-consuming surgeries.

Not surprisingly, there are certain breeds, like Pitbulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds, that bite humans more frequently. However, it is important to remember that any dog has the potential to bite a human being. Typically, dogs do so when they are surprised, startled or stressed.

It is a Colorado dog owner’s job to make sure that his or her pet does not hurt others. In fact, Colorado has what is referred to as a “strict liability” statute. Ordinarily, if an owner’s dog bites another person, then the owner must pay compensation even if he or she had no idea that the dog was dangerous and even if he or she had taken steps to restrain or confine the dog.

Residents of Colorado who have suffered a significant dog bite may have legal options available to them after their injury. They may be able to use Colorado’s dog bite laws or even a premises liability claim as a means of attempting to get compensation for their economic damages as well as for their pain and suffering and emotional distress.