SALT LAKE CITY DOG BITE LAWYER
More and more homeowners are bringing dangerous and aggressive dogs into neighborhoods, many of which are not sufficiently restrained or contained by their owners. The end result is a noticeable increase in dog bites and attacks. This can be especially tragic when a dog attacks the most defenseless members of the family: young children or even senior citizens. However, anyone can be a victim of a dog attack at any time, any place. Dog attacks can result in severe bites and possible long-term disfigurement, not to mention the emotional scarring associated with an animal attack.
Consider these sobering statistics:
- Last year, 23 Americans lost their lives to dog attacks. Pit bulls were responsible 65% of all fatal attacks, although they make up only 2 to 5 percent of the dog population.
- 70 percent of all dog attacks involve a dog attacking a child (younger than 12 years old); half of all children attacked by dogs are under the age of one.
- Nearly 40% of attacks involve a pack of two or more dogs.
- 9% of attacks involve chained dogs.
- In 2011, over 30,000 people required reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites.
- 78% of attacks occurred on owner property, while the remainder occurred off the owners premises.
When attacked by a dog or another animal, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Utah State law requires that all dogs should be contained on the premises or restrained at all times by their owners. Unfortunately, irresponsible owners sometimes allow their pets to roam free with no regard for the danger associated with an unrestrained dog.
Some popular breeds of dogs are bred to be aggressive and to attack when it senses fear, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans and German Shepherds. Other breeds may have a generally normal calm demeanor, but can unexpectedly attack when agitated, sick, or protecting its territory.
Regardless of the circumstances of the attack, the best policy is to contact Craig Swapp & Associates and talk with one of our dog bite attorneys about the facts of the case. We will investigate the attack by researching police records, medical records, eyewitness accounts, and the homeowners insurance information.
If you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog, contact Craig Swapp & Associates today for a FREE consultation at 801-919-8899 or submit the details of your case on-line. Don’t delay. Those with the strongest dog bite cases involve Craig Swapp & Associates right at the early stages of their accident.