April 30, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that dogs bite 4.5 million Americans each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention. Experts say this number has been on a steady increase in recent years due to the growing number of dogs in the average U.S. household.
For instance, three people were injured by a pair of dogs recently in Knoxville, Tennessee. According to WMCTV 5 News, all three required hospitalization after being attacked by the canines.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. on Iredell Street. The dogs got loose from an enclosure and attacked a 54-year-old man walking his dog. He was able to fight the animals off and managed to get one of the attacking canines on a leash, although he was bitten in the process.
The dog then chewed through the leash before attacking a 42-year-old woman, who was also bitten on her hands and arms. Luckily, a neighbor was able to come to her rescue and ward the dogs off, but not before being bitten himself.
The Memphis Personal Injury Lawyers with John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers say that it’s important to get medical attention after a dog bite and to contact the dog’s owner. This will allow you to gather vital information that doctors will need for your treatment, such as the dog’s most recent vaccinations.