Woman Loses Arm Leg after Dog Bite-Related Infection

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Most of the serious injuries related to dog bites that Los Angeles dog bite lawyers come across involve facial injuries, ripped skin, scalp wounds another injuries. A Canadian woman recently suffered a devastating bacterial infection after she was bitten by a dog. The infection led to a limb amputation.

The woman was playing with her dog, a three-year-old Shih Tzu, when the dog bit one of her knuckles. The woman's three other dogs came over and licked her wound. The woman did not think too much of it then, but just days later, she was in a coma. When she came to, the doctors informed her that they would have to amputate her arm and leg because a deadly infection had spread throughout her body.

The Capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria that are normally found in dog saliva caused the Infection. However, the organism is rarely linked to infections in human beings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is a very rare condition, and can cause septicemia or infections of the bloodstream, and meningitis. In rare cases, the person may even suffer from endocarditis, and ocular infections. These infections can be very hard to diagnose.

These infections are rare, but they have been recorded inside this country as well. Earlier this year in fact, a Texas woman suffered a dangerous infection caused by the very same organism that led to the Canadian women's amputation.

In this case, the woman, a young mother, suffered a life-threatening infection after a dog bite that she sustained while she was trying to break up a quarrel between her dogs. She developed an infection, and had to undergo an amputation of her leg and fingers.

New Study Investigates Safer Child Behaviors around Dogs

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Every year, approximately 4.5 million people in the United States suffer dog bite related injuries. A majority of those victims are children below the age of five. Children are not only the biggest victims of dog bites in the United States, but also some of the most seriously injured victims, because they have little protection to guard against catastrophic or devastating injuries during a vicious attack.

Often, these injuries are caused when children, who are naturally trusting, and curious, try to pet a strange dog. However, these injuries can also be caused when a child is playing with a family pet or some other familiar dog. Whether the attack involves a strange dog or a familiar dog, it is very important that children are trained to behave appropriately around dogs.

A major part of behaving appropriately around dogs is to recognize when dogs may be threatened or aggressive. A new study that is being conducted in the United Kingdom, aims at reducing a number of dog bite attacks involving children by educating them to recognize the warning signs displayed by a dog that’s feeling threatened.

In the research, the scientists are investigating how children between the age of three and five interpret the signals that are displayed by dogs that are feeling threatened or aggressive. A dog may treat a child’s friendly overtures as signs of hostility or aggression, and may feel threatened as a result. Such dogs are much more likely to attack a child.

According to the researchers, very often, these attacks occur because children are not able to integrate those warning signs appropriately. The scientists are currently testing children between the age of three and five on how they interpret signals, like a dog's body language and other signs. They believe this will help them to gain insight into a child’s thought processes, and can help change child behaviors around animals.

Troubling Increase in Dog Bite Claim Values

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

While the numbers of dog bite claims that have been filed over the years have remained more or less constant with slight fluctuations, the value of these claims has increased substantially.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, over the past decade, the value of dog bite claims has skyrocketed, accounting for $489.7 million in value in 2012 alone. According to the data, which was released to time with National Dog Bite Prevention Week in May, over the past 10 years, the number of dog bite insurance claims has gone from 16,695 in 2011 from 16,459 in 2001. That is hardly a statistically significant difference. However, the picture is markedly different when you consider the value of the claims.

In 2012, the value of dog bite claims accounted for approximately $489.7 million, accounting for more than one third of all homeowner’s liability insurance claims that were paid out in 2012. In contrast, in 2003 the value of dog bite claims was approximately $324.2 million. This is in spite of the fact that in 2003, there were actually a few hundred more dog bite claims than in 2012.

The average claim payout increased from $19,162 in 2003 to a $29,752 in 2012. That is an increase of 55%.

The Insurance Information Institute advises dog owners to be responsible with their dogs to avoid claims. Don’t assume that small dogs don't bite, and may not be involved in a vicious incident, resulting in a claim against you. Even dogs that are normally docile can bite when they are disturbed, when they feel threatened or when they feel hungry. Many owners of dog unfortunately get pets without bothering to understand responsible ownership practices. This often has devastating consequences.

Children Recovering from Injuries in San Bernardino Dog Bite Attack

Friday, May 17, 2013

Two children, who suffered serious injuries after they were attacked by a pit bull in a dog bite attack in San Bernardino, are still recovering from their injuries.

The two children who were attacked were one and two years old. According to police officers, the children and their parents were visiting a friend in San Bernardino. The two children were playing in the backyard of the house, when they were attacked by the friend’s dog.

It was a savage attack, and the pit bull bit one of the children right in the face. The parents rushed to help their child, and when they were trying to save the one-year-old child from the dog’s bites, the pit bull turned right around and attacked the 2-year-old child.

Both of the children suffered injuries, which were fortunately, not life-threatening. The children were transported to the local hospital, and received stitches on their face. According to the San Bernardino City Animal Control, the pit bull has been quarantined with no plans to euthanize it.

This is the 2nd pit bull attack in San Bernardino County that Los Angeles dog bite lawyers have come across recently. Just a few days ago, a 74-year-old woman had been injured in a dog bite attack involving a pit bull. In that incident, officers responding to the scene tried to pull the dog off the woman, but the dog turned on them as well. The officers then shot the dog.

The incidence of dog bites reported from around California is likely to increase over the next few weeks, as summer begins. Summer is typically dog bite season around California because dogs as well as adults and children, who happen to be the biggest victims of dog bites in California, head outdoors.

Computer Game Helps Children Avoid Dog Bites

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A team of researchers has developed a computer game that is designed to entertain children and educate them about the right way to behave around dogs. Children are some of the most frequent victims of dog bites in the United States, and Los Angeles dog bite lawyers are hopeful that using computer software like this can help inculcate safe practices among children. However, the researchers found limited success in helping children translate what they had learned in the game into real-world environments.

The software program called The Blue Dog has been developed by a nonprofit organization called the Blue Dog Trust. The game consists of a number of animated scenarios, in which children can choose different actions. For instance, the child can choose whether to play with a dog that is eating. If the child makes the wrong choice in the game, the animated dog snarls or growls.

Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham wanted to analyze how successful the program was in encouraging safe behavior around dogs. They recruited a total of 76 children. The children were between 3 and 5 years old. The children were given 3 tasks. They were exposed to animated dogs in different situations, and asked questions about how they would react to the dog in each case. Then there was make-believe play using a doll house and dolls. Finally, the children were taken into another room, where there was a real dog. They were rated on their reactions and their behaviors around the dog. They were then given the Blue Dog Software, and were told to use the program often. After 3 weeks, the children came back to the lab, and were put through the same steps again.

The results after the 3 weeks were mixed. The researchers found that the children did learn the right behaviors around dogs after using the software program. However, they were unable to transfer the same safe behaviors to the real environment. In other words, they were unable to practice in the real world, what they had learned on the software program. It appears that the program needs some modifications that encourage a practical application of these learned behaviors.


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