Dog Bite Statistics


Dog attacks are scary events that can lead to serious injury.  Many people are unsure of what rights they may have following an attack.  This article will discuss several important topics relating to dog bite attacks, including important statistics regarding dog bite injuries, common injuries, and what a Zinda dog bite lawyer may be able to do for you.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite accident and are interested in filing a claim, or to learn more about your rights following a dog bite accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a free case evaluation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.


Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend.”  For the most part, this is an accurate description.  Dogs provide humans with an incomparable source of companionship, loyalty, and fun.  But even the friendliest dogs are capable of biting someone.

Children Are the Most Common Dog Bite Victims

Many dog bites involve dogs biting or scratching children.  Over a 13-year period, children made up 48% of dog bite victims.  Many times these dog bites occur at the house of a friend or a neighbor. Typically, the dog’s instinct to protect or hunt leads to the animal’s perception of the child as either prey or a threat. Many of these bites are serious enough to require medical attention and some attacks even lead to death.

Common Reasons for Dog Bites

There are several reasons why a dog may attack.  Examples of causes of dog bite attacks include:

  • Taunting
  • Provocation
  • Barking at a dog
  • Chasing a dog
  • Taking a dog’s food away
  • Coming too close to a dog’s litter
  • horseplay

Whatever the reason may be, it is important to remember that attacks can occur.  It is important to always be vigilant, especially when bigger dog breeds or young children are involved.

Dog Bite Frequency and Cost

Listed below are several eye-opening statistics regarding dog bite injuries.

  • There are 90 million pet dogs in the United States
  • Four and a half million Americans are bitten by dogs each year
  • Around 1,000 Americans need emergency treatment for dog bite injuries every day
  • In 2019, dog bites and dog-related injuries cost $797 million in homeowners’ liability
  • The average payout for a dog bite claim was $44,760

These dog bite statistics illustrate how often dogs attack, so if you or a loved one was a victim of a dog bite, you are not alone.


The states with the most dog bite attacks are typically the larger, more populated states.  This makes sense: more people in a state means more dog owners, which means greater chances of a dog bite attack occurring.  Listed below are the top ten states with the most dog bite claims in 2019.

  • California: 2,396 dog bite claims
  • Florida: 1,268 dog bite claims
  • Texas: 937 dog bite claims
  • New York: 893 dog bite claims
  • Illinois: 854 dog bite claims
  • Pennsylvania: 807 dog bite claims
  • Ohio: 764 dog bite claims
  • Michigan: 740 dog bite claims
  • New Jersey: 699 dog bite claims
  • Georgia: 497 dog bite claims


It is important to remember that all dogs are capable of biting and injuring someone.  However, most dog bite cases resulting in severe injury involve larger breeds. Over 900 cities currently have breed-specific legislation, placing additional requirements on owners of the more “dangerous” breeds.  Listed below are several breeds that are typically notorious for being prone to attack.

Pit bulls are generally the most likely breed to attack.  Over a 13-year period, pit bulls were responsible for 66% of all attacks.  The next two most likely breeds to be involved in an attack were Rottweilers and German Shepherds, respectively.


Dog attacks can be fatal under certain circumstances.  For instance, the chances of serious injury or death increases when the dog is a larger, stronger breed and the victim is a child or elderly person.  A dog attack may also prove to be fatal if the wound becomes infected or if the dog has rabies.

Recent data shows that the number of dog bite fatalities in the United States in 2019 was significantly higher than in previous years, with 48 individuals being killed by dogs in the year 2019.   In almost all cases, the victim was alone when the incident happened.

Even if an injury is not fatal, the injury can still be severe.  Examples of other potential injuries that may be caused by a dog bite attack include:

  • Cuts, Scars, and Lacerations: One of the most common injuries associated with dog bite accidents is damage to the outer layer of skin. In some cases, the wound may be superficial.  In other cases, the wound may lead to immediate bleeding and bruising.
  • Muscle Damage: Bites inflicted by larger, stronger dogs may result in something more than just a flesh wound. Such bites often result in damage to the victim’s muscles or nerves.  Damage to the muscles and nerves may require stitches or rehabilitative treatment.
  • Rabies: Rabies is caused by a virus that enters a person’s nervous system and causes inflammation to a person’s brain. A dog who has rabies may transfer the virus to a human by biting or scratching.  The symptoms of rabies are flu-like in nature and may include fever and muscle weakness.

If you are bitten by a dog, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.  Seek help from a trained professional even if the wound does not appear to be serious.  If possible, report the accident to local law enforcement or an animal control agency.  Finally, consider consulting with a dog bite attorney to learn more about your rights following a dog bite injury.


Zinda Law Group’s team of dog bite injury lawyers is ready to offer years of experience handling dog bite claims to protect your rights.  In addition to understanding the nuances of a dog bite claim, our firm can also provide zealous and dedicated representation to help protect your interests following a dog bite attack.  With a Zinda Law Group attorney in your corner, you can expect to receive:

Legal Experience

Dog bite laws vary by state and can be difficult to understand.  A Zinda dog bite lawyer may listen to the facts of your case and help navigate your claim to make it as strong as possible.

Client Service

Zinda Law Group’s team of attorneys take pride in providing exemplary service to each and every one of our clients.  Throughout the entire representation, from the initial consultation up to the disposition of the case, our attorneys may guide you through the claim filing process.

Helpful Resources

A dog bite claim may only be as strong as the resources used to support it.  Thankfully, Zinda Law Group has access to cutting-edge resources that may be used to strengthen a claim.  Our offices have handled large and complex cases, conducted thorough interviews with witnesses, hired experts, and utilized state-of-the-art technology.

No Win, No Fee Guarantee

Our firm also believes that an injury victim should not have to worry about being able to afford high-quality legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

To discuss the details of your case with an experienced dog bite lawyer, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free case evaluation.

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