A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Washington after the death of a man from a dog bite. The victim died after complications from a bacterial infection from the bite. As many states require, the suit alleges that this is not the dog’s first offense. Plaintiffs claim the owner knew or should have known the dog was dangerous and kept him on a leash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, a figure that includes a lot of minor bites that are forgotten moments later. But approximately 1,000 people go to the emergency room every single day from dog bite injuries. That is a pretty incredible statistic when you think about it. That’s 20 people a day in every state. It is easy to blame the dog but dogs are animals. They are going to react to certain situations with aggression and the degree of the risk of this happening depends on the dog. If you own a dog, you have an obligation to know the degree of risk your pet poses and what his or her tendencies are. Many people have very aggressive dogs and never have any incidents resulting in harm because they know their dogs and take the proper precautions. Too many dog bites occur because people don’t know their dogs and don’t act responsibly.