Prevalence and Risk Factors
Dog bite attacks occur more frequently than most people assume. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people are bitten each year, and nearly 20 percent of victims require professional medical attention.
Many factors can lead to a dog bite attack in Georgia, but the people who are at greatest risk include:
- dog owners (having 2 or more dogs at home means you’re 5 times more likely to be bitten);
- adult males; and
- children (especially between the ages of 5 and 9).
The nature of a dog bite injury varies according to the severity of the attack, but the emotional impact can be quite scarring, regardless of the extent of the physical injury.
Some of the most common types of injuries dog bite victims suffer include:
- facial scarring;
- puncture wounds;
- nerve damage (and subsequent mobility and chronic pain issues);
- disability and disfigurement;
- broken or crushed bones;
- organ damage;
- sprains; and
- emotional injuries (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder).
If you or your child has been involved in a dog bite attack, contact a Carroll County dog bite lawyer to help you assess your situation and advise you on how to proceed with recovering compensation for the injuries.
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