Dog Bite Statistics

In 2016, there were 31 dog attack fatalities in the United States.[1] 71% of those fatalities were caused by bit bulls.  Pit bull and rottweiler attacks combined account for 77% of deaths in 2016, and 76% of fatal attacks during the period from 2005-2016.[2]

About 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. In 2016, insurance companies paid out more than 600 million dollars in dog bite claims. In 2015 , more than 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as the result of dog attacks.

In Massachusetts, thousands of people are severely injured by dog bites every year.  In most of these cases, the victims did not provoke the dogs.  As a Massachusetts dog bite law firm, we represent the victims of dog attacks in Newton, Boston, Cambridge, Wellesley, and throughout Massachusetts in seeking full compensation from dog owners for the injuries sustained.  Unless the victim was trespassing, or teasing or tormenting the dog, there is strict liability against the dog’s owner and/or the dog’s keeper.

Who Is Injured by Dog Bites?

While anyone may become a dog bite victim, the majority of those injured tend to be infants, young children, the elderly, and others who may not be able to easily defend themselves.

Typical Injuries Sustained in Dog Bites

While dogs may bite victims on any part of their body, dogs have the propensity to attack the faces and necks of victims, as well as arms and legs.  In particularly vicious attacks, dog bites often leave significant scars that even after reconstructive surgery may be permanent.

These scars can be especially devastating for children and adolescents.  We understand.

Scars can leave life-long, everyday reminders of the attack.  Disfigurement can also have a significant impact on the social lives of many.

Our firm is committed to obtaining full compensation for our clients who have been bitten and scarred through dog bites and attacks.  To find out how we can help you or your family member, please call us for a free consultation.


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