The Riverside Dog Bite Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have won over $800 million for our clients, with over 45 years of experience and an established 99% Success Rate.
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 a mental toll. These preventable attacks can cause both physical and emotional damage to victims.
Finding a dog bite attack lawyer near me
Our law firm has 5 locations throughout California to make it convenient for you to work with our dog bite injury lawyer. Canine bite lawsuits can be very complicated and usually require an experienced legal team familiar with animal attack cases and liability.
If you’ve suffered from a dog bite injury, call our Riverside personal injury lawyers now at 951-530-3711 to discuss your legal rights. When you contact our law offices, your consultation is free.
We serve dog bite victims in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. We can also come to your location if you are too injured to travel. We will also allow you to handle most of your case by phone or video if you are not near our offices.
Riverside Dog Bite Resources
How Much Can You Get from a Dog Bite Case?
California dog bite lawsuits can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the severity of the injury and attack.
Homeowners with insurance for their pets will have the claim paid out by them. People who do not have insurance will likely be hit with a judgment against them for the desired compensation for the victim. According to the III, over $100M was paid in California.
A lawyer for dog bite attack cases will typically settle these cases out of court, and the time to settle the claim can take from 6 months to two years. Those cases would be public liability claims if the dog attack happened in public or at a business.
Be sure to consult with a Riverside dog bite injury lawyer immediately because the statute of limitations to bring your case is two years in the state of California.
What is the average dog bite settlement in California?
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average dog bite settlement in California is $45,543. This is significantly higher than the national average of $32,000. The amount of a settlement will vary depending on the severity of the injury, medical costs, and other factors.
California has a strict liability law for dog bites, meaning that the owner of the dog is liable for any damages that occur, regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s viciousness.
Injuries from Dog Bites in Riverside?
In California, owners can be held financially responsible for injuries caused by their dogs. Recently there have been severe dog attacks in Riverside county that have made the news. The number of dog attacks by homeless animals is on the rise.
In another case, a 3-year-old toddler was attacked in Hemet, resulting in serious injuries. In September of 2022, an 8-year-old boy was also attacked in Riverside county.
Because there is so much wide-open space in areas like Hemet, there is a larger population of dogs that are off-leash and unsupervised.
Dog attacks can cause the following injuries:
Penetrative wounds are the most common
A penetrating wound occurs when a dog bites and punctures the skin. Penetrative wounds are typically caused by large and strong dogs, such as Pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, and Mastiffs.
One of the most important things to look for when examining a dog bite wound is infection. If there is an infection present, it will usually be red or dark in color and painful to touch. This can be an early sign that you should seek medical attention immediately. Penetrative wounds are the most common and usually result in the most permanent scaring.
Other typical injuries from dog bite attacks;
- Broken bones with tearing
- Deep wounds/lacerations
- Limb amputation in severe dog bite cases
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
What is considered a serious dog bite? (Levels)
Signs of serious dog bites can include heavy bleeding or developing serious infection. If you have swelling, redness, significant bleeding, and other symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Untreated dog bites can lead to serious complications, such as sepsis.
Dog behavior specialists and behaviorists use a scale when assessing dog bites, with level 5 and 6 bites being exceptionally dangerous. Level 4 (Very Serious) bites include single bites with punctures; level 3 bites include one to four tooth punctures from a single bite with no puncture deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth; and level 1 and 2 bites are aggressive behaviors with no skin contact by teeth.
If you have suffered serious injuries from a dog attack, reach out for a free case evaluation. Our office is always available and here to help and our dog bite lawyers are experienced in both trials and settlements.
Riverside County Dog Bite Laws
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 whether the dog’s owner knew of its prior viciousness.
Under most circumstances, injured dog attack victims can seek compensation for damages thanks to California’s strict liability statute concerning dog bite laws. When you hire a dog bite lawyer in Riverside under California’s statute, they will be able to determine how much compensation you will be awarded.
Damages that you can receive compensation for include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Permanent Injuries
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress (PTSD, Anxiety)
Under the California dog bite law, compensation can come from a dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy; however, proceed with caution in these dog bite cases. Insurance companies like to lowball settlement offers involving dog attacks to keep profit margins high. If you take a lowball offer, you can no longer pursue additional compensation for your injuries.
Will the dog be put down?
Since the dog’s owner is responsible for the attack, the dog is not usually put down unless deemed too dangerous. You can read the full ordinance for controlling dangerous animals for the County of Riverside. You can also report the dog attack to the Riverside Department of Animal Services.
Criminal penalties for dog attacks
Approximately 40 states have dangerous dog laws. Some states have breed-specific dangerous dog laws, while others regulate all dogs. In addition, there are several penalties for violating dangerous dog laws. In some states, if your dog attacks someone, they can be charged with a felony (ex: Washington).
If the dog owner is proven to have antagonized the attack, there could be other charges against the owner for using the animal as a “weapon.”
Experienced dog bite lawyers in Riverside can help you obtain fair and total compensation for your losses. The California law offices of Bisnar Chase have even successfully handled many challenging dog bite cases where the dog owner has tried to blame the dog bite attack victims.
United States Dog Bite Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people suffer dog bites in the United States each year. Of those, 1 in 5 require medical attention, with half of those requiring hospitalization.
Children are the most common victims of dog bites, with those aged 5 to 9 having the highest injury rate. The most common areas of the body bitten are the head, neck, and face.
In addition, over 27,000 people receive reconstructive surgery each year in the United States as a result of dog bites.
According to statistics gathered and reported on Dogsbite.org, an advocacy group for dog bite victims of attacks, there have been 1,000 dog bite injuries requiring treatment daily.
The average cost, according to the site, for dog bite-related injuries is over $18,000.00
Roughly a third of the dog bite 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.
If you are unsure if you have a case, call us to go over the details. Our experienced dog bite attorneys will answer any questions you may have about the viability of your personal injury claim.
Dog Breeds Most Prone to Cause Bite Injuries
The way dogs are treated indeed contributes to their behavior. There are many great dog owners out there who are capable of raising well-behaved canines. That does not change that pit bulls, and rottweilers are statistically the most dangerous breeds.
In the past year, pit bulls contributed to 68 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 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.
Please contact our Riverside dog bite lawyers if you have questions about your case and determine the best route forward. Most interactions can be done by phone to make your travel time limited.
Preventing Riverside Dog Bite Injuries
Riverside County requires that dogs are spayed or neutered. This is important because spayed or neutered dogs are less inclined to become aggressive. Owners can also prevent attacks by keeping their pets on a leash and by keeping them indoors.
Dog bite prevention is an important topic for pet owners and those who interact with dogs. To reduce the number of injuries from a dog bite, adults and children should be educated about bite prevention, and dog owners should practice responsible dog ownership.
Understanding dog body language is a key way to help avoid being bitten for people of all ages. Know the signs that dogs give to indicate that they’re feeling anxious, afraid, threatened, or aggressive, and be sure to respect the dog’s reactions to interacting with or being touched by strangers.
- Ask first before petting a dog
- When meeting an unfamiliar dog, don’t reach out to pet them. A strange hand in a dog’s face may scare them, leading to a bite. Let them sniff your closed hand if you receive permission to pet a dog
- Avoid petting the top of the dog’s head
- Resist moving abruptly or jerking
- Avoid dogs who are barking or growling
- It is best to steer clear of loose dogs
- If an unknown dog approaches you, stay quiet and still. Do not run or scream
Dog bites on kids
If you are an owner, never leave infants and young children alone with a dog, and do not allow aggressive activities such as wrestling. If your dog seems unfriendly or aggressive, seek advice from a trainer or specialist. Children and the elderly are most prone to serious dog bite injuries, including death.
- 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.
How You Can Prove You Were Bitten in a Dog Bite Case
Determine the severity of your premises liability injuries after the dog bite accident. Call the authorities and seek out immediate medical attention. Once you have taken care of your 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 of anyone who witnessed the attack.
- Take photos and video of the site of the accident and your dog bite 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 determine if the dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations & request the dog’s medical history.
These steps will help your dog bite attorney strengthen your personal injury claim.
Contact our Experienced Riverside Dog Bite Attorneys
Contact the experienced Riverside Dog Bite Attorneys now at the law offices of Bisnar Chase at 951-530-3711 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.