Riverside Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
Dogs may be man's best friend, but some dogs can also be dangerous because they are unpredictable and territorial.
Regardless of the breed, dog attacks can cause painful injuries, permanent scars, disfigurement and mental toil. These preventable attacks can cause both physical and emotional damage to victims.
If you've suffered from a dog bite injury, contact our Riverside personal injury lawyers now at 949-203-3814 to discuss your legal rights. Your consultation is free and you may be entitled to compensation.
What Types of Injuries Can Come from Dog Bites in Riverside?
In California, owners can be held financially responsible for injuries their pets cause.
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.
The follow injuries can be caused from dog bite accidents:
- Penetrative Wounds
- Broken Bones
- Deep Wounds/Lacerations
- Limp Amputation
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Brain Injury
Can I Receive Compensation for My Injuries?
Under most circumstances, injured dog bite victims can seek compensation for damages thanks to California's strict liability statute concerning dog bite injuries. Damages that you can receive compensation for include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Permanent Injuries
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
Compensation in these cases can come from a dog owner's homeowners insurance policy, however, proceed with caution in these cases. Insurance companies like to low-ball on settlement offers to keep profit margins high, and if you take a low-ball offer, you can no longer pursue additional compensation for your injuries.
The experienced Riverside dog bite lawyers at Bisnar Chase have helped attack victims of all ages and backgrounds 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.
Dog Bite Statistics
According to statistics gathered and reported on Dogsbite.org, an advocacy group for victims of attacks, there were 38 fatal dog attacks in the past year. Of those deaths, 19 were adults 21 or older and the other half were children 8 or younger. This included 15 children 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 past year. Between 2005 and now, 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.
Dog Breeds Most Prone to Dog Bite Accidents
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 statistically the most dangerous breeds.
In the past year, pit bulls contributed to 61 percent of all fatal dog attacks despite making up only 5 percent of the U.S. dog population. From 2005 to now, pit bulls and rottweilers together accounted for 73 percent of all recorded dog-related deaths.
Pit bulls are statistically 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 Accidents and Injuries
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
Determine the severity of your injuries after the dog bite accident. Call the authorities and seek out immediate medical attention. Once you have taken care of your own well being, do the following:
- Determine who owns the dog that attacked you. If you cannot establish this on your own, ask the neighbors surrounding the location of the dog bite accident.
- 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.
- Report the incident to animal control and health services. This will establish a record of the dog's dangerous behavior.
- Write a journal documenting your daily struggles since the accident.
You should also try to determine if the dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations.
How Do I Take Legal Action Against the Dog Owner?
Contact the attorneys now at 949-203-3814 for a free case review of your dog bite case. You will most likely be entitled to compensation that will cover the cost of your pain, suffering and medical bills. In addition, our firm operates on a contingency basis. This means in the rare case that we can't deliver you your compensation, you don't have to pay us at all.