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Top Ten Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

A dog attack is one of the most frightening events that some people will ever face.  Victims often feel helpless as their canine attackers inflict catastrophic injuries.  Dog bites can lead to serious and painful injuries that may result in disfigurement, scarring and other lifelong effects.

There are many types of dog bite injuries and the severity usually depends on the size of the animal and the location of the wound.  Children are particularly prone to dog bites and their injuries tend to be significant.

The following is a list of the top ten types of dog bite injuries:


  • Lacerations (cuts)
  • Abrasions
  • Puncture wounds
  • Avulsion and tissue loss
  • Crush injury
  • Sprain or strain
  • Bone fracture
  • Scar
  • Infection
  • Emotional trauma

While all of these injuries are devastating, emotional trauma is especially debilitating for dog bite victims.  Emotional injuries following a canine attack can lead to a lifelong fear of dogs that is so incapacitating, that it impacts the quality of life of the victims.  When someone is afraid of dogs, he or she may be too scared to visit friends who own canines or go to public areas.  Some people have been known to develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a dog attack.

If you or a loved one has suffered severe dog bite injuries, you may be able to hold the dog owner liable.  When a canine owner is found responsible for a dog bite, compensation may be available for the injured victim.  Contact an experienced Staten Island injury lawyer at tThe Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 718-701-2776 or 800-310-5520 for more information regarding your legal rights. We have a 25 year history of delivering exceptional legal services within the Staten Island community, New York and New Jersey.

To learn more about dog attacks, read our blog, Dog Bites in Staten Island.