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.
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.