What People Need To Know About Dog Bites

Although dogs are known to be man’s best friend, they are still animals, and they will never lose that instinct. While some dog lovers may frown on reports of dog attacks, the reality is they do happen. Though the notion that certain dog breeds are more likely to attack people is hotly debated, what is commonly agreed upon is that people significantly influence the behavior of dogs. Take for example two dogs of the same breed. The first dog is taken care of and shown affection by its owners. The second dog is trained to attack (whether people or other dogs). It’s fairly obvious that dog number two is more likely to attack people.

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Here are some facts that people should know about dog bites.

i) On an average, more than 4.5 million in the United States are bitten by dogs. That’s approximately 2 percent of the population.

ii) The average deaths from dog bites jumped from 15 to 17 in the 1980s and 1990s, to 25 to 26 in the 2000s.

iii) Over three-fourths of dog bites are from pets, and around half of dog attacks happen where the dogs live.

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iv) An overwhelming percentage of dog attacks that lead to a person’s death on an owner’s property are committed by pit bulls.

Sheeley Law provides results-oriented representation for victims of cases such as dog bites. For more information about the legal issues handled by the firm, visit its website.

Personal Injury Torts: Causes Of Action Besides Negligence

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Personal injury cases are lawsuits that involve claims of injury as a result of a wrongful conduct, usually due to negligence. However, the same case may also be filed even if the injury was not due to negligence. These cases are known as intentional torts, where the defendant acts purposefully to harm the plaintiff. The most common examples are assault, trespass, battery, theft, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress.

A tort within this category may involve a situation wherein the defendant may still be liable to the resulting injury even if he or she did everything possible to zero out the possibility of causing harm. This is possible when engaging in an extremely dangerous activity, even if it is legal and all precautions are taken. Transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and building demolition are typical examples.

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Another common personal injury tort involves injuries caused by defective products, dubbed as product liability cases. Liability in these cases can be imposed based on faulty design and careless distribution of unsafe products. Because these cases frequently involve several plaintiffs, they have the potential to become large class action lawsuits.

Defendants and plaintiffs who wish to win personal injury cases are advised to hire legal counsel, taking into consideration the firm’s reputation and experience. For one, having an attorney will help avoid violating a statute of limitations (missing the deadline for filing the lawsuit), which is always a concern in personal injury cases.

Atty. Ann S. Sheeley graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany and is currently practicing personal injury law, criminal defense, and workers’ compensation. For more about her, visit this website.