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Often referred to as Land Sharks, dog attacks seem to be on the rise in California. California Leads the Nation in Fatal Dog Bite Injuries

vicious large breed dog shows his teethFinding an experienced Los Angeles dog bite lawyer after a dog attack can make or break your case.

In California, if you are bitten by a dog you have the right to pursue compensation against that person's home owner's insurance as long as you did not provoke the dog and were not on the dog owner's property without their permission.

At Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys we have achieved a 98.5% success rate for over 6,000 clients; we know how to win your case and get you the help you need to move past your traumatic experience with as little pain as possible.

Los Angeles Dog Bites on the Rise

Our team of dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles have represented clients who have been bitten by an array of different canines; every dog attack reminds us how a seemingly innocent and friendly animal can turn into a frightening monster in a matter of seconds. In some cases, a reason for the attack is never identified and the dog had not had any previous record of being violent or dangerous. Our clients suffer from more than just physical injuries; the trauma associated with an unexpected attack by a dog can leave lifetime emotional scars. Some of our clients experience terror when being approached by a dog or even hearing a dog bark. Unfortunately, despite several organizations efforts to help prevent dog attacks, instances of dog bites are continuing to rise throughout the United States.

Whether you are an adult, a child or an elderly person, being attacked and bitten by a dog is a physically and emotionally traumatizing experience. Millions of people in the United States and tens of thousands in Los Angeles suffer from dog bites every year. in the latest numbers, Los Angeles county has the highest dog bite rate in California

Many dog bite victims seek treatment at an emergency room and some others undergo surgeries to repair bite marks and scars. A dog attack can also prove costly for victims because of the medical expenses they incur. Many are unable to work and earn a livelihood as they recover physically and emotionally from the attack.

In this video: John Bisnar, experienced Los Angeles dog bite attorney explains what a dog bite victim is entitled to.

Dog Bite Statistics

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 800,000 people in the United States seek medical attention for dog bites and about 50 percent of them are children. Each year in the United States, 16 fatalities and 386,000 injuries are reported as a result of dog attacks. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are most at risk for dog attacks. Nearly two-thirds of dogbite injuries among children ages 4 years and younger are to the head and neck region. Also, statistics show that injury rates in children are significantly higher for boys than for girls. A CDC study shows that pit bulls and rottweilers account for more than 75 percent of all fatal dog attacks. Clients looking to obtain a dog bite lawyer has increased over the last decade.

Dog Attacks on Mail Carriers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has earned the dubious distinction as the U.S. city with the most dog attacks on mail carriers. According to numbers released in 2013 by the U.S. Postal Service, Los Angeles accounted for 69 dog attacks on mail carriers in 2012 compared with 42 attacks each in Seattle and San Antonio, which tied for second place. There were 5,870 dog attacks on mail carriers nationwide in 2012. Los Angeles led the pack in 2011 as well with 83 reported dog attacks on postal workers.

Dog Bite Injuries in Los Angeles

Dog attacks can cause serious injuries and wrongful death, depending on the nature of the attack. Dog bites can result in significant bodily injuries. Some of the common bodily injuries sustained in dog attacks include puncture wounds, nerve injuries, torn flesh, broken bones, laceration, tissue loss, and internal injuries. Individuals could be permanently scarred as a result of the bite marks. Amputations of limbs or fingers may also result from dog attacks. Dog bite victims may also suffer life-threatening infections from the dog attack. John Bisnar, specializes in dog bite cases in Los Angeles and says seeking medical attention is critical to making a full recovery -- even if the victim initially doesnt think the bite is serious. In addition to physical injuries, dog bite victims suffer severe psychological issues such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, nightmares and fear of dogs.

The Law Relating to California Dog Bites

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Under California California's Civil Code Section 3342: "The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness."

This means that under California's "strict liability statute" dog owners are responsible for the injuries and damages caused to victims regardless of whether the attack occurs in a public or private place and whether or not the dog owner knew about prior instances when the dog had attacked. The only exceptions to such dog owner liability may be when a dog is provoked or attacked by a victim or when the victim was trespassing or in the process of committing a crime.

Seeking Damages in California

Dog bite victims often incur significant medical expenses. In many cases, the cost of reconstructive surgery may not be covered because health insurance companies consider it to be "cosmetic" as opposed to a life saving procedure. Dog bite victims can claim damages including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Cost of hospitalization
  • Surgeries
  • Rehabilitative treatments such as physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of psychological counseling
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent injuries and disabilities
  • Who Can Be Held Liable for a Dog Bite?

    Negligent dog owners can be held financially responsible for their actions in addition to facing citations or criminal charges. In addition to owners, caretakers of dogs can be held liable as well. However, they can only be held liable if they had prior knowledge of the dog's viciousness. Landlords can be held responsible in a dog bite case if the landlord knew that a tenant's dog was the dangerous and had the right to remove the dangerous dog from the property. Depending on the facts and circumstances of a case, there may be other potentially liable parties.

    Protecting Your Rights

    If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important that you take the steps necessary to protect you own legal rights. First and foremost, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Try to identify the dog that bit you so that the owner can be located. Report the attack to local law enforcement officials. Make sure you take photos of the injuries. Save evidence such as torn or bloody clothing.

    Last but not the least, it is critical that you contact a Los Angeles dog bite lawyer with experience. They will help protect your rights and ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer will work quickly to protect the evidence, locate all the parties involved and obtain a fair settlement in your case. It would be best not to give specific information to insurance companies about the incident.

    BISNAR | CHASE Personal Injury Attorneys have been taking on these cases for over 30 years, in the process winning thousands of dollars in settlements and compensation for dog bite victims. We have the best skilled connections, the necessary resources to engage in expensive personal injury litigation, and a reputation that gives us the advantage in winning these types of cases.

    If you have been the victim of a dog bite or animal attack in Los Angeles, our Los Angeles dog bite lawyer at BISNAR | CHASE can help. Call 323-238-4683 or fill out a request for a free case evaluation.

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