What are the most common child injuries after a dog attack or bite?

Child injuries caused by a dog attack or bite are varied and range in severity from minor nicks to fractures and infections.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that examined data from 2001 found that young children from infancy to four years old who suffer injuries were most likely to suffer injuries to the head and neck, while these injuries decreased among older children who were attacked. Older children 10 to 14 years old were more likely to suffer injuries to the arms and hands or the legs and feet.

Common Types of Child Injuries from a Dog Attack

The following are examples of injuries that children may sustain in an attack:

  • puncture wounds;
  • lacerations;
  • abrasions;
  • infection;
  • crushed limbs;
  • dislocations; and
  • fractures.

Multiple areas of the body may be injured in some cases, which can result in the necessity of several types of medical care. Examples include surgery (cosmetic, orthopedic), medication (for pain, infection) and skin grafting.

Recovering Damages for Dog Bite Injuries

According to the CDC, every year in the U.S. about 4.5 million people are injured from a dog bite. Children between the ages of five and nine are most at risk, and children who are bitten are more likely to receive medical attention for their injuries than adults.

If a child has been injured by a dog attack, parents may seek legal consultation to review liability and other legal issues. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz can provide guidance regarding the legal options available to recover compensation for a dog attack that causes child injuries (404) 474-0804.