If you are an animal lover, you are probably aware that Kyle Dyer, a popular news anchor at NBC's Denver affiliate, returned to work this past Monday, seven weeks after an 85-pound Argentine mastiff bit her face on live television. Dyer was doing a live segment about the mastiff being rescued from an icy river. When she leaned in to nuzzle the dog, she was viciously bitten.
Dyer said in an interview, "I just really never knew that happened so often,’’ Dyer said. “Hopefully it’s raised a lot of awareness of just of being careful.’’
Like Dyer, most people don't realize that dog attacks and dog bites happen often. Most of my clients who were injured from dog bites or attacks also did not think that it happened so often.
In fact, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs annually. About 885,000 injuries out of the 4.5 million dog bites result in medical attention being necessary. Dog bites are the 5th most common cause of emergency room visits for children. Click here for more information about dog bite prevention and dog bite injures on CDC's website.
We need to be aware that dog bites and/or attacks happen often. Even if a dog is on a leash or seems perfectly happy, attacks can still happen. As a personal injury lawyer, I've handled numerous dog bite/attack injury cases. I have seen first hand that the injuries can be serious and are often life threatening.
Dog bites and attacks can be prevented. The next time you see a cute dog with an owner and have an urge to pet it, please remember that attacks can happen. Be careful not to provoke the dog; for example, approaching a dog you don't know or putting your face near the dog's face.
For more information about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, visit our dog bite page. Please also see our legal article for more information about Pennsylvania and New Jersey dog bite law and steps in a serious injury dog bite lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a dog attack in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, contact our experienced injury and dog bite lawyers. 1.877.944.8396
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