There is a lot of information available about protecting children from dog bite injuries. That information is important. However, it is also important to know that it isn’t just children who are in danger of suffering dog bite injuries. Adults, particularly the elderly, may also be at risk.
In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, an estimated 38 people died from dog bite injuries in the United States. Half of those 38 people were adults, and some were elderly.
Why Are the Elderly at Risk for Serious Dog Bite Injuries?
There are two primary risks to the elderly from dog bite injuries. Specifically:
- The elderly may be more likely to get hurt. An older person may move more slowly than a child or younger adult, may require a cane or walker, or may be confined to a wheelchair. This may make it harder for an elderly person to get away from an aggressive dog and to stop the attack once it has started.
- The elderly may suffer more significant complications from a dog bite. It may be harder for them to heal from wounds and they may be more likely to suffer from an infection, for example.
Thus, it is preferable that elderly dog bite injuries be prevented. If that proves impossible it is important for elderly dog bite victims to get prompt medical care and to find out more about their rights from an experienced Des Moines dog bite attorney.
Call a Lawyer Experienced in Dog Attack Cases If You or a Loved One Has Been Hurt
For more information about your rights and possible legal recovery after a serious dog bite injury, please contact an experienced lawyer today at 515-984-0091 or 888-807-2752 to schedule an initial consultation at no charge. We also encourage you to download a FREE copy of our dog bites brochure to learn more.