Dog bites may not seem like a serious problem, but they account for a large number of emergency room visits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 5 million dog bites in the United States every year, many of which children are victims. While some breeds bite more commonly than others, all dogs are capable of biting if they are frightened, cornered, hurt, or simply left unsupervised.
It is an owner’s responsibility to ensure that his or her pet is always under control. Therefore, a bite is never the victim’s “fault.” It is important to know if you are bitten by a dog, what to do in order to protect your rights.