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Understanding the prevalence of dog bites

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, state law mandates that the keeper or owner of a dog is liable if the dog injures someone. In New London, and across the state, dog bite victims are not required to prove that the keeper or owner of the dog which attacked them were negligent or aware that their dog was violent. Regrettably, some people are not familiar with their rights or fail to hold a dog's owner accountable for an injury they suffered. Dog attacks occur in various environments and it is important for people to understand how prevalent this problem truly is.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that dog bites happen roughly 4.5 million times per year throughout the U.S. Among the victims of these attacks, nearly 20 percent suffer an infection. Furthermore, a dog bite can lead to permanent scarring, serious injuries and even the loss of life. The CDC also says that men face a greater chance of being bitten by a dog and that those with a larger number of dogs face a higher chance of suffering from a dog bite. Statistically, the likelihood of suffering a dog bite increases five-fold for those who have two dogs or more when compared to people who do not own any dogs.

While there are some ways that people could lessen the chances of a dog attack, dogs are often unpredictable and may bite someone unexpectedly. Following a dog bite, victims should closely assess the details of what took place and explore all their options.

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