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What are some facts about dog bite liability?

The United States is a nation full of animal lovers. Pets are a large and beloved part of many family units here in Virginia and elsewhere. Most people love their pets as they do other members of their family and take measures to ensure they never harm another person. However, animal attacks—especially dog bites—do happen at an alarmingly frequent rate.

For injured victims of these attacks, a premises liability legal action is the best way to face the problem. Taking such action provides them with a way to seek compensation for the harm they have suffered. It also serves as a costly reminder to all pet owners to keep their animals under control at all times.

Here are some facts and statistics about animal attacks and pet bites in the United States.

-- More than 60 million American households have a pet dog.

-- Between 2003 and 2016, nearly 17,000 dog bite and other dog-related liability claims were filed in the U.S.

-- Nearly 90 million dogs are owned in the U.S.

-- About 4.5 million dog bites occur in America each year.

-- The highest rate of dog bite injuries occurs in the five to nine years age group.

Victims of dog bites can take legal action against the owner of the animal. Often, a remedy is found by pursuing a premises liability suit. Virginia has strict animal attack laws that you and an attorney can explore to build the foundation of your case. The worst thing you can do is to ignore the attack or bite which could pose future danger to yourself and to others.

Source: Insurance Information Institute, "Dog Bite Liability," accessed June 23, 2017

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