Pitbull Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
Pit Bulls are the number one cause of dog bites and dog attacks that our personal injury and wrongful death injury lawyers have handled for more than 45 years in Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills and all of California. Pit Bulls also are the number one cause of deaths caused by dog bites and dog attacks.
If you are reading this article after you or a family member sustained a serious Pit Bull dog bite, or any other dog bite or animal attack, or actually while waiting in the hospital emergency room after a dog bite, please call us now at 1 866 INJURY 2 (1.866.465.8792) or contact us now 24/7 for an absolutely FREE consultation. We also can help you get immediate medical care, including with medical specialists such as plastic surgeons and psychologists.Dog Bite Fatalities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a thorough analysis of the different dog breeds involved in fatal dog bite attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1996, and according to Forbes in a story entitled, America's Most Dangerous Dog Breeds, discovered that the Pit Bull dog breed is the dog breed identified in more death cases than any other dog breed. During the time period of 1979 to 1996, the CDC found that the Pit Bull was involved in 60 such incidents resulting in death. The next breed involved is the Rottweiler, then the German Shepherd, with 29 (less than half of the number of deaths caused by the pit bull) and 19 deaths, respectively.
In another and more recent 13 year study of dog bites from 2005 to 2017, it was fund that Pit Bulls were responsible for killing 284 people or 66% of the total reported fatalities from all dog bites, even though Pit Bulls make up only about 5 to 6.5% of the total dog population in the United States, depending upon which studies are reviewed.
The breeds that came in second and third during this 13 year time period again were the Rottweiler and German Shepherd, with 45 and 20 fatal attacks (combined still much less than half of the dog bite deaths caused by pit bulls), respectively.Pit Bull Dog Statistics for the United States
In the United States there are approximately 78 million dogs, but less than four million of those dogs are pit bulls. However, 40 percent of dogs in animal shelters are characterized as “bully breeds” (described below), and 20 percent of the dogs in animal shelters are identified as “pit bulls” (also described below).
It is interesting to note that some breeds thought to be very friendly and not aggressive also made the top ten (10) list of dogs that caused human deaths. For example, the Labrador Retriever, long thought of to be a gentle, lovable dog, made the list of the top ten (10) dog breeds causing deaths with nine (9) fatalities reported.Dog Bite Injuries in the United States
Of course, fatalities comprise only a small fraction of the total amount of injuries each year from dog bites and dog attacks. It is estimated that about 28,000 people were injured severely enough in dog bites in 2015 to require some form of reconstructive surgery. It is further estimated that injuries caused by dogs are responsible for more than one-third of all claims paid by homeowners’ insurance policies in the U.S., with about seven hundred ($700) million dollars paid out in 2017. The average cost of dog-bite caused hospital stays in the U.S. is estimated in excess of $18,000.00.Bully Breeds Compared to Pit Bulls
There seems to be a divergence of opinion about “bully breeds” and “pit bulls”. One article in CanineJournal.org states that while the term “Bully Breeds” includes many different dog breeds, including the American bulldog, American pit bull terrier, Anatolian mastiff, Boston terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Mastiff, Pug and Rottweiler, the only true pit bull is the American Pit Bull Terrier. That is the dog breed recognized by both the American Dog Breeders Association and the United Kennel Club as a true pit bull.
This term “bully breed” often refers to and identifies numerous and various breeds of dogs that come from the same type of dog with a sort muzzle, large frame and large bones, and ears shaped like a pendant. These dogs often were protectors of both animals and property. Some of these bully breed dog owners would supposedly use these dogs in sports such as “bull-baiting”, which is how some people believe the name “bully breed” derived. Some owners also believed these “bully breed” dogs could be used as “fighting dogs”, so these dogs came to be used in dog fights and that reportedly started another use of the label “bully breed” dog.How to Find An Experienced Attorney in Los Angeles and California to Handle Pit Bull Dog Bite Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
Our injury and wrongful death dog bite and dog attack lawyers have handled thousands of injury accident cases, including hundreds of dog bite and dog attack cases in Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Riverside, San Bernardino, Simi Valley, Ventura and all of California, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars for individual dog bite victims and many millions of dollars overall.
If you suffered any dog bite or dog attack injury, or if a relative was tragically killed in a dog attack by a pit bull or any other dog or pack of dogs with a wrongful death claim, please call us now or contact us now for your FREE consultation. There is NO charge to talk to us to get your FREE consultation and case evaluation, and if we take your dog bite case we do so on a contingency fee basis which means you pay NO fee until there is a recovery!
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