An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year and nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care. Dog bite cases can be particularly heart wrenching as they may typically involve small children or adults suffering from life altering injuries.
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There are many types of wounds that may occur from a dog bite or dog attack. Some of the most common injuries caused by dog bites are:
- Puncture wounds
Scarring is also a serious injury that occurs from dog bites. The most frequent target of dog attacks is in the face, including the lips, nose, and cheeks, causing approximately 44,000 facial injuries seen in the United States hospitals per year. These wounds can result in disfiguring scars that can have lifelong consequences from both a physical and emotional standpoint, especially in children. Additionally, facial scars and scars on other parts of the body can require repeated painful and expensive plastic surgeries to try to reduce or remove the scar.
This list deals only with physical wounds. In addition to these there is the chance that a dog bite victim may have a severe mental reaction to the event and suffer emotionally. If the victim is a young child the chance of a long lasting fear of dogs, fear of leaving the house and separation anxiety are even higher.