Chris Purcell
By: Chris Purcell

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 4.6 million pup bites recorded in the country every year. Many of these involve children under the age of five.

Summer season sees a spike in the number of doggy bites involving children. That is probably because there are more children playing outside during these months, and are likely to come in contact with animals.

Most doggy bite injuries involving children seem to involve the head and neck areas. In one study published in 2011, researchers found that approximately 7% of all doggy bites are caused by family pets. If you have a pup in the home, don’t simply assume that you can leave a child unsupervised around the animal, without any consequences.

The research also found that 27% of the injuries involved the cheeks, while 21% involved the lips, and 8% involved the nose and ears. In approximately 66% of the cases, children suffered puppy bite in more than one area of the body. The most common doggy breed involved in attacks was the pit bull.

This summer, make sure that your child is legally supervised by an adult, when he’s playing in a park or a playground. Teach children the right way to behave around animals. Teach your children not to pet an unknown puppy or a stranger.

If your child was injured in a dog bite, he or she may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. Talk to a dog bite lawyer in Riverside before filing a claim. Damages can include medical costs, and pain and suffering. Call to speak with a dog bite lawyer in Riverside today.

 

Chris Purcell
By: Chris Purcell

Attorney Chris Purcell is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara College of Law. He exclusively represents the victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Chris was part of the team that won California’s largest-ever wrongful death judgment – a $150 million verdict for a family devastated by a tragic trucking accident. In 2011, he received the Top Gun Award given by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.