Riverside Dog Bite Attorneys
If you've suffered a dog bite injury, contact our Riverside dog bite attorneys to discuss your legal options right away. The consultation is free and there is never any obligation.
Dogs may be man's best friends, but they can also be dangerous because they are unpredictable. Regardless of the breed, dog attacks can cause painful injuries, permanent scars and disfigurement. These attacks can cause both physical and emotional damage to victims. It is also a fact that a number of dog attacks are preventable.
Seeking Damages With A Riverside Dog Attack Attorney
In California, owners can be held financially responsible for injuries their pets cause. It is important that dog bite victims obtain information about their legal rights and options.
Under California's strict liability statute, dog owners can be held liable for injuries caused by their pets regardless of whether the animal has attacked before or regardless of whether the dog's owner knew of its prior viciousness.
This means that under most circumstances, injured dog bite victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, surgeries, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Compensation in these cases can come from a dog owner's homeowners insurance policy.
The experienced Riverside dog bite lawyers at Bisnar Chase have helped attack victims - children and adults - obtain fair and full compensation for their losses. We have even successfully handled many challenging cases where the owners have tried to blame the victims.
If you or someone you love has been attacked and injured by a dog, please contact our Riverside dog bite attorneys right away for a Free consultation to discuss a swift resolution to your case.
Dog Bite Statistics In Riverside
According to statistics gathered and reported on Dogsbite.org, an advocacy group for victims of attacks, there were 38 fatal dog attacks in the year 2012. Of those deaths, 19 were adults 21 or older and the other half were children 8 or younger. This included 15 who were 2 or younger.
Roughly a third of the victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog's owner. California and North Carolina led fatalities in the year 2012 with four deaths each. Between 2005 and 2012, California was second in the nation with 28 deaths behind Texas, which had 32.
The majority of dog bite attacks do not result in death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million people are bitten annually of which roughly half are children. Approximately one in five of those bitten require medical attention. In the year 2012, over 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery after suffering serious injuries from an attack.
Most Dangerous Dog Breeds
It is true that the way dogs are treated contributes to their behavior. There are many great owners out there who are capable of raising well-behaved canines. That does not, however, change the fact that pit bulls and rottweilers are by far the most dangerous breeds.
In the year 2012, pit bulls contributed to 61 percent of all fatal dog attacks despite making up only 5 percent of the U.S. dog population. From the years 2005 to 2012, pit bulls and rottweilers together accounted for 73 percent of all recorded dog-related deaths.
Pit bulls are responsible for the death of a person in the United States every 19 days, and a rottweiler kills someone every 91 days.
Preventing Dog Bites & Injuries In Riverside
Riverside County requires that dogs are spayed or neutered. This is important because dogs that are spayed or neutered are less inclined to become aggressive. Owners can also prevent attacks by keeping their pets on a leash and by keeping them indoors.
If you are an owner, never leave infants and young children alone with a dog, and do not do aggressive activities such as wrestling. If your dog seems unfriendly or aggressive, seek advice from a trainer or specialist.
You can reduce your chances of being bitten by avoiding dogs that are eating, sleeping or nursing puppies. Avoid direct eye contact with a dog you do not know and never approach an unfamiliar animal. It is not advisable to run or scream as that may cause the dog to give chase. Instead, remain motionless like a tree. If knocked over, you should roll into a ball and be still.
What To Do If You've Been Bitten By A Dog In Riverside
After the attack, determine if you have been injured. Call the authorities and seek out immediate medical attention if you are bleeding or if you have suffered bite or puncture wounds.
- Try to determine who owns the dog.
- Write down the owner's information and the contact information from anyone who witnessed the attack.
- Take photos of the site of the accident and your injuries.
- Keep records of your medical expenses and lost wages.
- You should report the bite to animal control and health services. This will establish a record of the dog's dangerous behavior.
- You should also try to determine if the dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations.
- Write a journal documenting your daily struggles since the accident.
- Inform the insurance provider of the owner that you have been attacked and plan on seeking compensation for your injuries.
Contact our Riverside personal injury attorneys at 800-561-4887 for a free case review of your dog bite case. You may be entitled to compensation including pain, suffering and medical bills.