A Seattle dog bite lawyer discusses the particular danger of Washington State dog attacks that involve infants and babies.

Seattle Dog Bite Attorney: Dog Attacks Involving Infants Can Be Deadly & Devastating

Andrew Kim
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You may be familiar with the fact that half of all dog bite victims in the United States are children. However, you may not know that a significant number of dog bite victims are infants and babies under the age of one—or that infants and babies are much more likely to suffer from severe injury and death than older children who are bigger and can better defend themselves. 

 

Here are just a few tragic stories from around the country: 

  • Just a few weeks ago in North Carolina, a three-month-old baby died after the family dog bit the child on the head. The Rottweiler responsible for the dog attack was put to sleep. 
  • In the United Kingdom last month, an 8-day-old baby was attacked and killed by a Jack Russell terrier while being watched by his grandmother. 
  • This summer in San Diego, an eight-month-old baby was mauled to death by a pit bull that had up to that point protected the child and treated him gently. 
  • In Virginia this spring, an infant was bitten more than 30 times by the family dog—and was severely injured in the process. The Jack Russell terrier responsible for the attack, which cost the baby his ear, was shot. 
  • In February, a two-day-old baby in Pittsburg suffered a fatal bite wound from a Husky who was the family dog. The baby died of a traumatic head wound. The mother was not in the room at the time of the incident. 

 

As you can see, infant dog bite incidents involve dogs of all sizes and breeds—and often involve the family pet, even if that pet does not have a history of aggression or attacks. Most attacks take place when a parent leaves the room for a moment or when a person trusts that the dog will not attack. Many infant dog attacks seem to be unprovoked. 

 

Has your infant or your baby been attacked by a dog, and do you believe that the dog’s owner should have been responsible for his or her pet’s behavior? You may have a Seattle dog bite injury case and the dog’s owner may be responsible for your child’s medical bills and other damages. To learn more about your legal rights and your case, call Washington dog bite attorney Andrew Kim and request a private, complimentary consultation: 800.636.3676.