Dog bites can be devastating and may even result in the victim’s death. Contact our Oklahoma City-based law firm today to discuss your legal options.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are roughly 4.7 million people bitten by dogs every year in the United States, which equals nearly 2% of the country’s entire population. Unfortunately, of the 4.5 million people bitten annually, approximately 800,000 require medical attention for their injuries. If you have been attacked by a dangerous dog in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights; contact our qualified attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center for legal help today.
Children are the demographic most likely to be bitten by a dangerous dog. In fact, dog bites are the second most common cause of injury to children, with over 50% of all dog bites affecting children, and most of these incidents involve a familiar dog. Not only are children more likely to be bitten by a dog, they are also twice as likely to be hospitalized or fatally wounded by such an attack. Of the average of 17 deaths per year in the last 25 years attributed to dog bites, children have made up about 70%. However, children are not the only victims of dog bites; adults are also frequently bitten by dangerous dogs, and, according to the postal service, there are approximately 3,000 mail carriers bitten per year.
The financial burden of dog bites puts into perspective the severity of the situation in the United States. State Farm insurance agency estimates that the annual cost for dog bites is around two million dollars, and names dog bites as the cause of about 11,000 claims. Even more staggering is that these statistics are thought to be on the rise. Whereas the population of dogs in this country increases by 2% annually, the number of dog bite injuries requiring medical attention increases by an estimated 37%.
The Oklahoma City-based lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center have experience handling dog bite claims throughout the state of Oklahoma, and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve in your case. If you or a loved one has been bitten, attacked or harmed due to the negligence of a dog owner, contact our law firm today for a free dog bite claim evaluation.