According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, nearly 2% of the U.S. population is bitten or attacked by a dog each year. This translates to more than 5 million dog bite victims every year, most of whom are children. Every day approximately 1,000 dog bite victims go to hospital emergency rooms. During the past 10 years, the number of dogs in the United States increased by only 2%, while the number of dog bites increased by more than 33%. Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with $345 million being paid by homeowner insurance policies.
Why do Dogs Bite and What Can Be Done to Prevent It?
There are many reasons why dogs bite. Some bite out of fear, in an attempt to protect their territory or to establish their dominance over the person bitten. Some owners mistakenly teach their dogs that biting is an acceptable form of play behavior, and every year a number of newborn infants die when they are bitten by dogs that see them as "prey".
There are several common sense methods of preventing dog bites, but sometimes there is no way to avoid an attack. If you are attacked, first try to block the attack with an object like a jacket or backpack. If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball, protect your face by covering your head and neck.
Is the Owner of the Dog Liable?
Iowa Code § 351.28 provides that the owner of a dog "shall be liable to a injured party for all damages done by the dog...attacking or attempting to bite a person, except when the party damaged is doing an unlawful act" (for example someone breaking into a home is not allowed to recover if he/she is bitten or attacked by a dog). This is a lower standard than other personal injury cases where you have to prove negligence, recklessness, etc. This would include emotional injuries to the child also.
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