Dog Bite Statistics You Should Know

Dog Bite Attorney

Though a dog is a human’s best friend, it is important to remember that these friends of ours are still animals, and they can be dangerous when provoked or mistreated. Dog bites can lead to serious injury and expensive litigation. Read on to find important statistics about dog bites in the United States, thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Dog Bites by the Numbers

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the US, and the sheer amount of dog/human interactions makes dog bites a relatively common form of injury.

  • In 2015, there were approximately 70 million dogs in the US to 321.4 million people, which averages to one dog for every 4.5 people.
  • 5% of households are dog owners.
  • Each additional dog in the household increases the chances of being bitten. Adults with two dogs have five times the likelihood of being bitten.
  • Each year, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs.
  • 20% of those injuries require medical attention, which averages to 800,000 – 900,000 hospital visits each year.

Though men and women are equally likely to be bitten by dogs, dog bites disproportionately affect certain age groups, particularly children and the elderly.

  • About half of dog bite victims are children, and children are far more likely than other age groups to be severely injured.
  • Children are especially likely to be bitten by familiar dogs in everyday settings, unless they are taught proper dog bite prevention techniques.
  • Head and neck injuries are especially common for children under five, accounting for 66% of injuries to that age group.
  • Emergency room and overnight hospital stays for dog bites are 3-4 times greater in rural areas, which may be due to rural bite victims interacting with their dogs for longer periods of time.
  • Adults over 65 are the second most common dog bite age group.

Dog Bite Financial Statistics

In the state of California, owners are liable for their dog’s actions. Usually, claims are paid through the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance. Still, cost can be a big concern when dealing with a dog bite injury.

  • In 2015, one-third of homeowner’s liability insurance claims involved dog bites, adding up to almost $570 million.
  • The average payment for dog bite claims was $37,329.
  • In 2008, the average hospital stay for a dog bite injury cost $18,200.

These numbers can seem daunting, but with the right dog bite attorney and legal team on your side, you can get the payout you deserve. The law offices of David P. Kashani provide legal services and representation in dog bite cases for clients across Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Lancaster, Seattle, and more. If you or a loved one suffers from a dog bite injury, let David P. Kashani help you get compensation. Call today at (888) 888-8888 for a consultation.