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Dog bites in the nation: Statistics worth knowing

If you spend time in any of the neighborhoods across Gainesville, you will see many dogs. The vast majority of people love dogs and welcome one or more of them into the family unit. It is probably safe to say that most family dogs are friendly and loveable, but it is also important to recognize that some animals can and do attack, often without warning.

In order to highlight the ongoing problem of dog attacks that plagues the United States, the sections below contain recent statistics about dog bites. While none of the statistics specifically name Georgia as a problem state, it is reasonable to assume that dog attacks occur in all American towns and cities.

  • Dog bites occur about every 75 seconds with more than 1,000 Americans requiring emergency medical assistance each day.
  • Over 6,750 U.S. postal workers suffered dog attacks in 2016.
  • Estimates indicate that more than 4 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year.
  • American dog bite hospitalizations increased by 86 percent between 1998 and 2008.
  • Some estimate that victims lose more than $1 billion each year because of dog attacks; others say that estimate is closer to $2 billion.
  • More than 28,000 dog bite victims endured reconstructive surgery addressing their injuries in 2015.

These startling statistics prove the importance of being cautious around dogs, especially those with which you are unfamiliar. Unfortunately, it is already too late for caution if a dog bite injury has already occurred. The good news is that seeking a legal remedy can help victims acquire the compensation they need to pay for costly medical care and related expenses.

Source:, "Quick statistics," accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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