Injuries from animals include bites, animal attacks, riding injuries, kicks, and scratches.
They can occur from animals such as:
- Hamsters and rats
- Wild animals
The kick or bite could result in more than broken skin; these types of injuries can result in broken bones, infections, and disfigurement.
Almost every type of wild and domestic animal has the potential to cause serious injury by biting. While predatory animals like dogs will tear and rip skin, animals like horses and livestock can crush bones with their teeth. Even small scratches can become infected and cause serious injury. Statistics show that more than 4 million people are injured by dogs each year, and the number is increasing.
Other types of injuries can include falling from a horse, being poisoned by a snake bite, and scratched by a cat. Injuries can also happen when deer or other wildlife jumps in front of cars. More than 250,000 car collisions occur because wildlife has entered the roadway, and more than 200 people die each year as a result.
Injuries from animals can be costly and time-consuming to heal, and they often result in a lifetime of physical or emotional pain.