Worcester parents are usually familiar with the safety lessons they must teach their children. Avoiding strangers, not swimming unless an adult is present, wearing a seatbelt and many more precautions tend to be common knowledge for local moms and dads. When it comes to evading dog bites, though, families who don't own pets might not know how to effectively prevent animal bites and attacks.
With warmer weather right around the corner, many Worcester residents are likely to be out and about in the coming months. Once temperatures rise, local walkers, joggers, bicyclists and children tend to be out in full force. In addition, those with pets, especially dogs, are also likely to be sharing space with all of the above, leading to the risk of dog bites and injuries.
While last week's story about a dog bite injury involved a celebrity from a reality television show, Worcester residents need look no further than the local news on a given night to find similar stories. When victims of a dog attack find themselves faced with overwhelming medical expenses, physical pain and even emotional pain, they have legal rights to pursue compensation in some situations. It's important, however, to know what the law says here in Massachusetts about this.
It is not uncommon for residents in Massachusetts to have a pet. With every type of pet an individual or family owns there comes a certain set of responsibilities. This often means caring for the animal, ensuring it is properly fed, sheltered and in good health. In addition to satisfying the needs of the pet, the owner is also required to make the general public safe from harm by their pet.
Dogs typically make wonderful pets, as responsible Worcester residents who grew up with them and who take proper care of them today can attest. Unfortunately, some dog owners do not give these animals the care and attention they need -- elements that are sometimes necessary to keep others in their communities safe from a dog bite attack.
Last week, our Worcester personal injury law blog discussed the accident that left actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition. Morgan is not the only celebrity to have made news in recent weeks because of personal injury law issues. Two television stars are currently making headlines as they are the focus of a dog bite claim.
The Insurance Information Institute recently released some statistics that Worcester residents may find surprising. What type of incidents account for one-third of all homeowners' liability claims? The answer: dog bites.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that millions of people are bitten or attacked by dogs every year in America. About 885,000 people suffer severe enough injuries to require some level of medical treatment for a bog bite. Many people require surgery after being attacked by a dog. In some cases a dog attack can be fatal.
Last month we discussed a story regarding the risk of infection that can arise from a cat bite. That story came from research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, and found that many people bitten by a cat are hospitalized each year. But, we also noted that cat bites may pale when compared to the roughly 4.5 million people who are attacked by dogs each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Roughly 20 percent of the victims suffer sufficient injuries to require medical treatment. Far too often, those who suffer injury are children. Children comprise about half of the dog bite victims who need medical attention.