Animal bites can be dangerous to people in Minnesota and elsewhere, leading to severe injuries, lacerations and infections. When people fail to control their pets, the consequences can be disastrous for others; people have even lost their lives from dog bites and other attacks. Every year, around 4.7 million people across the country are bitten by dogs; of those, around 800,000 require medical treatment. While some people require stitches or bandaging, others develop serious infections as a result of animal bites.
Animal bites can cause serious damage, and this is definitely true for bites from trained dogs like those working with Minnesota police departments. In the past two years, one Minneapolis lawyer has had three major cases involving a police dog biting an innocent person near a crime scene. He noted that in these cases, the dog did what it was trained to do. The problem is that the victim was innocent. However, he noted that these cases are often different from residential dog bites in that they cannot truly be considered accidents.