Statistics on dog bites in the U.S.

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2021 | personal injury

Whether you were recently bit by a viscous dog or worry about your safety in the presence of a neighbor’s dog that you regularly encounter, it is helpful to review statistics on dog bites. Every year, these attacks upend the lives of victims across the country and dog bite victims deserve justice.

From missing work to struggling with unbearable pain and medical costs, these attacks create many different hardships for victims.

How many people go to the ER due to dog bites?

In 2019, the National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study on dog bite attacks in the United States. According to this study, which analyzed data between 2005 and 2013, roughly 1.1% of emergency room visits in the U.S. result from nonfatal dog bite attacks. Among the attacks analyzed in this study, most victims suffered injuries to the head or neck and upper or lower extremities. Moreover, this study did not assess data from those who chose not to seek medical attention as well as those who sought treatment in doctors’ offices and urgent care centers. Therefore, the actual number of nonfatal dog bite injuries is likely higher.

How costly are dog bite attacks?

The study published by the NCBI reports that injuries from dog bites cost approximately $400 million per year in the U.S., based on conservative estimates. In addition to medical care, victims of these attacks often face other financial hardships, such as lost wages due to the inability to work. If you are struggling with the physical, financial or emotional impact of a dog bite attack, look into your legal options.