For many people, pets contribute greatly to emotional well-being. But dogs, cats, and many other types of pets have the potential to injure or kill unsuspecting humans.
Dog attacks and bites are particularly common and can cause lasting damage to victims – many of whom are children.
When an animal attack occurs, however, owners are often liable for any injuries or deaths. Some home insurance policies may even cover medical and other costs.
Pets with Potential to do Harm
Many pets have the potential to be loving companions, but some have the potential to be dangerous liabilities if they attack humans. In recent years, there have been notably serious or deadly exotic pet attacks by a chimpanzee, python, tiger and black bear.
But common household pets can also harm or kill. Dog bites are especially common.
There are almost 75 million dogs in the United States. These dogs bite around 4.7 million people each year, about two percent of the population, and one out of six dog bites needs medical attention.
Fatal Dog Attack in Boulder
Earlier this year, an elderly Colorado woman was attacked by her neighbor’s dog in Boulder when she met her son at her front door. The dog escaped through an open door in its owner’s home and surprised the 87-year-old woman by jumping on her and knocking her to the ground.
The woman later died as a result of her injuries from the dog’s assault. The dog’s owner was charged with having a dog off leash and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
This unfortunate case illustrates the potential danger of any form of animal attack.
Assistance After an Attack
People should not underestimate the potential for domestic animal attacks, especially dog bites. It isn’t only the more dangerous breeds, like Pit-bulls or Rottweilers, that can bite. All dogs can bite, and can do so anytime, anywhere.
Leash laws can play a role in preventing dog bites, but over half of all dog bites occur on the pet owner’s property. Many people do not realize that homeowner insurance policies often cover dog bite claims in these circumstances.
If you or your loved one recently experienced a dog bite or injury from any type of pet attack, contact a Colorado personal injury attorney experienced in the intricacies of dog bite and personal injury law.