Americans love dogs. There’s a good chance you are one of those folks who is fond of “man’s best friend.” But as loveable, smart, and domesticated as dogs may be, they remain animals prone to unpredictable – and sometimes violent – behavior. Some dogs may have a propensity for aggression, while others may bite, jump or scratch if they are surprised or feel threatened. When dogs, especially large or strong ones, act out and attack people, they can cause severe and sometimes permanent injuries and disfigurement.
Dogs bite an estimated that 4.5 million Americans every year, resulting in hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits, thousands of hospitalizations, and scores of deaths. Dogs were responsible for the deaths of 34 Texans between 2005 and 2013. In 2017, dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners’ liability claim dollars paid out, totaling almost $700 million.
Injuries from dog bites can require costly and painful medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, and reconstructive surgery, in addition to the physical and psychological trauma left behind in the aftermath of a dog attack.