Dog bites and attacks can cause psychological and physical harm. The most commonly targeted victim of a dog bite is a child, which can leave them vulnerable to serious injuries.So far this year in the United States there have been 19 fatal dog attacks. Of these 19 fatalities, 11 of the victims were children killed by their family pet. Although most of the fatalities that have occurred this year were mainly attributed to a family dog, dog attacks and bites happen outside the home as well.There were 3 breeds of dog responsible for the fatal attacks in 2010; Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and a Siberian Husky. Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are breeds commonly associated with dog bite attacks, though it should be noted that animal advocates make the assertion that Pit Bulls are not technically a breed of dog, but rather, encompass several types of dogs.To gauge how this year’s statistics on fatal dog bite attacks compare to previous years, consider these statistics for the last 3 years:
- In 2007 there were 33 fatalities caused by dog attacks;
- In 2008 there were 23 deaths; and
- In 2009 there were 33 people killed in dog attacks.
If your child was injured or killed by someone else’s dog in a dog attack, you should contact a Chicago dog bite lawyer who can help you to determine issues of negligence and liability. To learn more about the connection between children and dog bite injuries, visit our article library. Contacting a Chicago Dog Bite LawyerDog bite injuries can leave psychological and physical scars. At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, a Chicago dog bite lawyer will examine all aspects of your dog bite case, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you for any injuries or loss you may have suffered as a result of your child’s dog bite attack. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.