While many dogs are loyal and loveable companions, some dogs can be vicious and cause injury or even death. When a dog attacks a person, a careful evaluation of the situation should be done to determine who may potentially be liable.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that out of 4.5 million Americans who suffer from dog bites every year, only 20 percent require medical attention. Children and postal workers seem to be the most susceptible to such attacks.
Although some dogs appear to be more vicious by nature, such as pit bulls, German shepherds and Rottweilers, there are an increased number of dog bites involving dogs less known for a violent nature. These breeds include huskies, chow chows, boxers, Dalmatians, Alaskan malamutes and Doberman pinschers. If provoked, however, any dog can attack.