KNOWLEDGEABLE LAWYER SERVING DOG BITE VICTIMS IN SAN DIEGO
We love our dogs. In fact, over 39% of households are home to the nation’s 77.7 million dogs. Dogs keep us company, make us smile, and give us a good excuse to go out for a walk.
But sometimes dogs feel threatened or get scared, and they bite someone. In fact, almost 2% of the population requires emergency treatment for dog bites each year. That’s over 1,000 people every day. It happens more often than you think. What’s more, between 10 and 20 people die every year from dog bites. These are frightening statistics. But did you know you have legal rights as a dog bite victim in San Diego? California is a strict liability state, which means California dog owners are liable for injuries their dogs cause, regardless of whether the dog had a history of biting or vicious behavior in the past. That’s why you need an experienced San Diego dog bite attorney.
Fight for your rights. Call the Law Offices of Elliott N. Kanter at 619-330-5881 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
AN ATTORNEY EXPLAINS WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE ATTACKED BY A DOG IN SAN DIEGO
Dog bites can happen in just a few seconds and it’s easy to get frightened. Here are a few helpful tips.
Identify the dog and confirm that the dog is up to date on its shots.
- Identify Who Owns the Dog. It’s extremely important to figure out who the dog owner is. If the dog is a stray and you can’t confirm that the animal has received all of its required vaccinations, you may need a rabies shot (a painful process that you would rather avoid). Plus, if you identify the owner, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills.
- Collect the Animal’s Information. Find out the details about the dog. Good things to know include:
- Breed of dog
- Last date of inoculation
- Obtain the Owner’s Homeowners Insurance Information. As a dog bite victim, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and other costs. Most homeowners insurance policies will cover dog attacks that occur on the policy holder’s property. Seek out the owner of the dog, who will most likely be held responsible for the attack, and collect this information:
- Insurance company
- Phone number
- Seek Medical Treatment Immediately. Don’t delay in receiving medical treatment. If the dog bite is on your face, insist on being treated by a plastic surgeon. You may be prescribed painkillers, and you may be asked to use scar reduction lotion, ordered to stay out of the sun, and use sun block to reduce the possibility of scarring. Follow the doctor’s orders carefully to ensure you treat your wounds properly and prevent infection during recovery.
And now, the big question: do you need a rabies shot? If the dog has been identified, chances aren’t you won’t have to receive a rabies shot. Rabies is uncommon in cats and dogs in the United States, but more common in wild animals such as skunks and raccoons. It’s a good idea to follow your doctor’s advice in this matter. After you have been treated by medical professionals, you should contact the dog bite lawyers at our law firm to discuss your case. Our personal injury attorneys should be notified right away so they can begin to protect your rights and fight for compensation for your injuries. With our help, you can reach a settlement that will pay for all of your medical expenses and pain and suffering.
ATTORNEYS IN SAN DIEGO DESCRIBE COMMON DOG BITE INJURIES
A dog bite injury may not seem serious, but the truth is, they can lead to devastating injuries especially if the dog is large. Dogs naturally tend to bite a victim’s face, and if they make contact, they can cause disfigurement and scarring along with broken or fractured bones. In more extreme cases, a victim who has suffered a facial attack can require reconstructive surgery. Some other injuries that may occur as a result of a dog bite include:
- Puncture wounds at the site of the attack
- Skin infections, if the puncture wounds are left untreated
- Crushed limbs
- Complete or partial amputation of limbs
- Fractured or broken bones
ACCORDING TO SAN DIEGO LAWYERS, DOG BITE VICTIMS OFTEN SUFFER EMOTIONAL INJURIES
Besides these physical injuries, victims may also suffer from emotional wounds. This is especially common in victims who were previously scared of dogs or who are children, since they may have a harder time recovering from this tragic accident. Many children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of severe dog bites and may need counseling for years after the accident. If you have been bitten by a dog and suffered injuries as a result, you could be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. But first, contact a dog bite lawyer to discuss your case in more detail.
TOP LAW FIRM EXPLAINS HOW TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DOG BITES
Children innocently believe all dogs are friendly, so they are often dog bite victims because they don’t see anything wrong with approaching an unfamiliar dog on the street or in a neighbor’s yard. That’s why it’s so important to teach kids the proper way to behave around dogs.
Parents should teach their children dogs are not a toy, so they cannot tug on their hair or ears or play with their facial features as if they were a doll. This may agitate an unfamiliar dog and cause him to attack a child who doesn’t think he is doing anything wrong. Kids also need to know not to approach an unfamiliar dog, even if they are accompanied by an adult at the time. If they see a dog approaching them that they are not familiar with, kids should learn to not make any sudden movements to frighten the animal. Instead, tell your kids to stay calm and still and back and up very slowly, never turning their back to the dog.
HOW CAN YOU SPOT AN AGGRESSIVE DOG?
Be sure to teach kids how to spot an aggressive dog. Any animal that is snarling, growling or pacing frantically back and forth is in an agitated state and should not be bothered–even if they are restrained by a fence or leash. Bigger dogs can easily get out of restraints, so kids should not feel protected by these barriers.
These safety tips can keep your child protected at all times in the presence of dogs. If your child has already suffered a dog bite, contact personal injury attorney Elliott N. Kanter as soon as possible to schedule a free legal consultation.
GET HELP FROM EXPERIENCED LAW FIRMS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY AFTER A DOG BITE
Dog owners have a responsibility to control their pet–whether they believe the pet is dangerous or not. If a dog has bitten you and you have been injured as a result, you have legal rights under the state laws. Let our law firm help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your medical costs and your pain and suffering. We have over 30 years of experience representing the best interest of our clients in personal injury cases. Some of our personal injury law practice areas include car, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, dog attacks, slip and fall accidents, elder abuse, wrongful death, and other accidents caused by negligence. Give the Law Offices of Elliott N. Kanter a call at 619-330-5881 or email [email protected] for a for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to get started. Then tell us your story and we’ll work together to make your situation right.