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SACRAMENTO DOG BITE & ANIMAL ATTACK ATTORNEYS
DOG BITE LAWSUITS LITIGATION
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS
Nationwide, about 1,000 dog bite victims show up at hospital emergency rooms every day and over 750,000 need medical treatment each year. Insurance companies pay out about $300 million per year to dog bite victims.
CHILDREN THE MOST COMMON VICTIMS
Most of the victims are children, and most often, the dog concerned belongs to the child's family, or to a friend or neighbor. This makes it more emotionally distasteful to pursue legal redress. But it should still be done, because dog attacks can create lifetime consequences for a child, in the form of scars, fear of dogs, fear of the outdoors, etc. If your child has been bitten by a dog, you need to contact an experienced dog bite attorney to explore your options.
SOME BREEDS ARE MOST OFTEN RESPONSIBLE
All dog breeds can be safe around people if they are raised and trained properly and treated well. But improper training or inhumane treatment can cause most animals to behave dangerously or unpredictably.
Sometimes too, dog owners want their dog to be particularly protective of them, or intimidating to strangers, and so they choose breeds who are known to be capable of that kind of behavior, and they encourage, even train the dog that way. And so those breeds are most often the culprits in dog bite injuries.
Some of those breeds are.
Pit bull terriers
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
In California, dog bites are the responsibility of the dog owner, even for the first time occurrence.
As well, anybody might be liable who was negligent or had custody or control of the dog knowing that it was an animal that might bite. In cities with a leash law, violation of that constitutes a form of negligence. However, there is often no requirement to prove negligence. In almost every dog bite case the dog owner's homeowners insurance pays for the settlement.
DAMAGES YOU MIGHT OBTAIN
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you figure out how to be compensated for the pain, suffering and injuries caused by the dog bite.
If you have suffered any of the following, you can usually be paid damages for it:
Injury requiring treatment such as first aid, emergency room, hospital, or ambulance
Future medical treatment for scar reduction
Counseling for things such as:
Emotional distress over the attack
Fear of dogs
Fear of being outdoors
Dealing with disfigurement
Loss of earnings from work time taken off
Torn clothing and broken glasses
Medications, such as pain medication and antibiotics
Sometimes you might also be entitled to punitive damages, if the dog owner behaved in a way that is malicious, or somehow more than negligent.
EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT
The dog bite laws can be obscure and difficult to navigate. Sometimes it's not clear who a claim should be brought against. At times there may be no valid case, and on the other hand, there have been cases where people were criminally convicted for owning animals they knew were dangerous. In some instances, they have been found guilty of murder when their animal's attack killed someone. Sentences have ranged from severe fines to significant jail time.
An experienced dog bite attorney can assess the particular circumstances of your case and decide what sort of action will most likely redress your injury.
If you have been injured by a dog attack, lose no time in contacting an experienced dog bite lawyer, so that you can have the best chance possible of obtaining compensation for your injuries.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.
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