Dangerous Dogs: More Californians Are Being Hospitalized With Dog Bite Injuries
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a report showing that the number of dog bite victims admitted to hospitals increased by 86% in the 15 years between 2003 and 2008.
In 2008, an average of 866 people a day sought emergency department treatment for dog bite injuries. Of the 900, about 26 people were admitted to the hospital each day for treatment of dog bites injuries. Almost half (43%) of those people hospitalized for dog bites required treatment for infections of the skin and underlying tissue. Other injuries included open wounds on the arms and legs; open wounds on the head, neck and trunk; and fractures of the upper limbs.
Treating patients admitted for dog bites cost hospitals an average of $18,200 per patient in 2008 for a total cost of $54 million.
The treatment of a dog bite can be expensive. If you have been bitten by a dog that was trained to be aggressive or was not properly restrained, you may have lost wages and the ability to work as well. You deserve compensation for your losses.
The Orange County dog bite attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie help dog bite victims to recover compensation for their medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage and other losses caused by dog attacks. To learn more, contact our Newport Beach law office at 866-981-5596
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