Dog Bite And Attack Statistics

Posted by the Charleston Dog Bite Lawyers at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC.  If you have been injured by a dog bite or other animal attack, you may have a claim against the pet owner.  Call our dog bite attorneys to discuss your possible claims free of charge.

Dog bites and attacks happen quite frequently, and unfortunately, victims often experience very serious injuries.  Because of the serious nature of dog bite and attack injuries, many times the victims of these dog bites and attacks are forced to seek expensive medical treatment.  This medical care generally involves an Emergency Room visit immediately following the bite or attack, and sometimes can involve scar revision surgery performed by a cosmetic surgeon to reduce scarring.  The medical bills associated with this treatment are generally not inexpensive.  

To assist an dog bite or attack victim with this, the South Carolina Legislature saw fit to shift the burden of the expensive medical bills to the animal owner in certain circumstances.  Each case is different, but generally, if the victim of a dog bite was in a place he or she was legally able to be and did not provoke the animal to attack then there is a good chance that the owner of the animal will be responsible for the damages caused by their animal.

The following are some of the many statistics available on dog bites from the American Humane Society:

  • The insurance industry pays more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year
  • An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S.. each year
  • Of the 4.7 million dog bites, nearly 800,000 require medical treatment
  • Approximately 71% of bites occur to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet)
  • Approximately two-thirds of bites occurred on or near the victim's property, and most victims knew the dog
  • 50% of dog attacks involve children under 12 years old
  • 70% of dog-bite fatalities occurred among children under 10 years old
  • 65% of bites among children occur to the head and neck

​For more statistics like this and other information related to dog bites and attacks visit the American Humane Association's Dog Bite Page.

Charleston Dog Bite Attorneys

If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite, our Charleston Dog Attack Lawyers may be able to help. If you have been injured in a dog attack in Charleston, North Charleston, Mount PleasantSummervilleGoose Creek,Hanahan, James Island or the surrounding areas, give our attorneys a call today to discuss your dog bite case free of charge.