10 Year Old Boy Loses Nose in Sudden Dog Bite Attack
A 10-year-old boy in Henderson County, Kentucky, had to have his nose reattached after it was bitten off by a pit bull.
A 10-year-old Kentucky boy suffered major injuries and had to undergo emergency surgery after a pit bull bit off his nose and swallowed it. According to a Jan. 11 report in the Courier Press, the incident occurred on Jan. 9 when the boy was visiting friends and playing with the dog, a pit bull. The report states that the boy sat down on the couch and looked at the dog and the animal lunged at the boy for an unknown reason, bit off his nose and swallowed it.
Animal control officers took the dog to a local office where the nose was surgically removed from the dog's stomach and the reattached to the boy, the report states. He is still hospitalized and receiving treatment for his injuries, the article states. The report also quotes the dog owners as saying that he had owned the dog since it was a puppy and that it has never shown any signs of aggression.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and one in five of those who are bitten require medical attention. The report also states that in the year 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs. Children who are between the ages of 5 and 9 are most susceptible to suffer dog bite injuries that require medical attention, the CDC report states.
"Dog bites involving children can result in major injuries that often require reconstructive surgery," said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. "Our firm has represented a number of young dog bite victims and we often see cases where they are serious facial injuries that may need extensive surgery. Sometimes, even several surgeries may not fix the physical scars caused by the bite marks."
"Dog bite injuries, both among children and adults, result in severe physical pain and emotional distress," Bisnar said. "Victims experience nightmares and paranoia, which may require psychological counseling. Many victims also have to deal with the fact that they have been disfigured as a result of the attack."
A CDC study, the only government survey of its kind, has also shown that pit bulls causes about 60 percent of fatal dog attacks over a 21-year period (1979-1998). Having a pit bull in your home can be dangerous, says Bisnar. "We have repeatedly seen that these dogs can go wild without rhyme or reason, even in instances when there was absolutely no provocation. We simply do not know what sets them off. That is why it is critical that pit bull owners are extremely watchful and vigilant."
The California dog bite lawyers of Bisnar | Chase represent victims of dog bites and many other personal injuries. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims including dog bite victims. For more information, please call 949-203-3814 or visit http://www.bestattorney.com for a free consultation.