Dog Bite

Personal Injury

More than 75 million dogs are living in North American households, so it’s expected to have accidents involving these pets. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur annually in the United States, and 1 in 5 bites requires medical attention.

Facts and Statistics

Understanding the facts and statistics surrounding dog bites can help create awareness about the prevalence and potential risks:


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year.


Children are more susceptible to dog bites, with those aged 5 to 9 being the most affected.


Male dogs, unneutered dogs, and dogs with a history of aggression or poor socialization are more likely to bite.


Certain breeds may have a higher propensity for biting incidents, but it is important to note that individual dog behavior can vary widely regardless of breed.

Most Common Injuries

Dog bites can result in various injuries, ranging from minor wounds to severe trauma. Some of the most common injuries associated with dog bites include:

Puncture wounds: Dog bites often cause puncture wounds, which can be deep and prone to infection. These wounds require thorough cleaning and, in some cases, sutures or surgical intervention.

Lacerations: These are deep cuts or tears in the skin or underlying tissues. Lacerations may require stitches, wound closure, and potential reconstructive surgery.

Infection: Dog bites carry a risk of infection due to bacteria present in the dog’s mouth. Common infections include cellulitis and the potential development of an abscess. Prompt medical attention and appropriate antibiotic treatment are essential to prevent complications.

Nerve and tissue damage: In severe cases, dog bites can cause nerve damage, leading to loss of sensation, weakness, or paralysis in the affected area. Additionally, damage to underlying tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments, may require surgical intervention and long-term rehabilitation.

Psychological and emotional trauma: Dog bites can also result in psychological and emotional trauma, particularly in cases involving children. Individuals may experience anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of the incident.

How to Proceed When Involved or Hurt in a Dog Bite Incident

If you are involved in a dog bite incident or have been bitten by a dog, it is essential to take the following steps to ensure your safety and well-being:

Seek immediate medical attention:

Your health and safety should be the top priority. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water to reduce the risk of infection, and seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional will assess the severity of the injury, provide appropriate treatment, and administer necessary vaccinations, such as a tetanus shot or rabies prophylaxis.

Identify the dog and its owner

If possible, identify the dog and its owner or the person responsible for the dog at the time of the incident. Obtain their contact information and any available information about the dog’s vaccination history.

Document the incident

Take photographs of the wound, noting the date and time. Document any torn clothing or other evidence related to the incident. These records can be valuable if legal action or compensation claims become necessary.

Report the incident

Contact the appropriate authorities, such as animal control or the local police department, to report the dog bite incident. Provide them with a detailed account of the incident, including information about the dog and its owner.

Preserve evidence:

Keep any medical records, photographs, and documentation related to the dog bite incident in a safe place. These documents may be necessary for legal purposes or when filing an insurance claim.


Gather witness information

Obtain their contact information if witnesses were present during the dog bite incident. Their statements may be valuable in supporting your case.


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We will guide you through the legal process and will help you understand your rights, file a claim, and pursue compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and more.

Be careful with your social media posts

Avoid posting details about the accident on social media or even things that could damage the case if you were injured. Posting pictures of playing sports or doing physical activities could imply your health is the same as before the accident. 


How Can We Support You?

At Christina Kalin Law Office, you will have the support of a professional personal injury team that will work to ensure you receive the best possible compensation. We will also refer you to a top-quality medical provider to guarantee that your recovery is in the best hands.


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Please note that every personal injury case is unique; therefore, the information provided here is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. For personalized advice, call us, and we will ensure you have the precise information for your case.