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Life-Threatening Dog Bite Injuries Rising

Dog Bite Life-Threatening Injuries Rising

Dog Bite Life-Threatening Injuries Rising

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville dog bite lawyer. According to statistics compiled by, 31 people across the United States died as a result of dog bites in 2016. Between 2005 and 2016, 392 individuals died as a result of a dog attack.

What Dog Breeds Were Responsible for Fatal Attacks?

Seventy-one percent of fatal attacks were attributed to pit bulls in 2016. Other breeds represented a significantly lower number of fatal attacks. These included the Labrador at 10 percent, while 6-percent apiece were attributed to American Bulldogs, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, mixed breeds, Rottweilers and unspecified breeds.

Dog Bite Injuries and Complications

Dog bites, because they cause deep puncture wounds with severe bleeding, result in serious injuries and death. While many dog bite injuries are not life-threatening, some result in scarring or disfigurement. Others have been known to cause lost digits such as fingers or entire limbs, particularly in children. Dogs also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans through a dog bite as follows:

  • Rabies: Although rabies is rarely transmitted to humans because of the high prevalence of inoculations for pets, it can still occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between one and three cases occur annually that end in a fatality. A series of shots can prevent the disease; however, once it is established, there are no treatments that are effective.
  • Pasteurella: This bacteria causes inflammation and pain at the site of the bite. Although it can be treated with antibiotics, severe infections may require hospitalization.
  • Tetanus: Deep puncture wounds from a dog bite might result in tetanus if the individual has not been vaccinated in a long time. An active case of tetanus requires hospitalization, medication to control spasms in the muscles, a tetanus booster, and antibiotics.
  • MRSA: This dangerous bacteria is antibiotic resistant and difficult to treat. Some strains of MRSA are life-threatening.

California Dog Bite Fatalities

Fatal attacks in California during 2016 included a 9-year-old boy in Linda, California, on January 3, and two men in Fresno County, who were both attacked by the same dogs while walking along a canal bank. One was killed during the attack itself, and the other drowned after being attacked by the dogs. In San Diego on April 21, a newborn infant was attacked and killed in the family’s home. On June 4, a 43-year-old man lost his life in Stockton when he was attacked by a pit bull belonging to a friend. On June 27, another newborn infant was killed by a relative’s dogs, who took the infant outdoors and mauled it to death. A Grover Beach resident, age 64, was killed on December 16 when he and a neighbor were attacked by a Belgian Malinois belonging to a neighbor. The man died, while the woman in the attack was severely injured.

How Many People Are Injured by Dogs?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs account for about 4.5 million bite injuries each year. More than half occur inside the home from an encounter with the family pet.

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Roseville Dog Bite Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville dog bite lawyer. Dog bites and their complications can cause serious injuries or death to a loved one. If you or your family have suffered an injury caused by a dog, I can offer free, friendly and compassionate advice. Give me a call at my office at (916) 921-6400 or long-distance at (800) 404-5400. I can also be reached online at

It has been my honor to have helped with many personal injuries, including wrongful deaths and brain injuries, in the Roseville area and other parts of Northern California in my 35 years as an injury lawyer.

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