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02 Aug 2017


  • POSTED BY : TheWeinbergerLawFirm
  • CATEGORIES : Dog Bites
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California law states that the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten or attacked by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place. California is a “strict liability” state for dog bites. This means that an owner cannot escape liability for a dog bite by claiming that he or she had no idea the dog would act aggressively. If you are a dog owner, you must take certain precautions to prevent any attacks and avoid a lawsuit.

If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at our Sacramento office for free consultation. The dog owner could be held liable.

We consider dogs as friendly, fun and loyal pets. However, there are many situations that might lead to a dog attacking another person such as:

  • The animal might have been abused
  • The animal might be scared or confused by surroundings
  • The animal might be trying to protect the owner or property
  • The dog might have some type of illness like rabies

As a dog owner, you must take care of your dog both physically and mentally to ensure he is safe around other people. Dog bites can cause a lifetime of injury or even wrongful death. Some types of injures that can be sustained after a dog attack include:

  • Catastrophic injury like muscle or nerve damage
  • Loss of extremities such as bone damage or loss of limbs
  • Permanent scarring or facial disfigurement

Things You Can Do To Prevent a Dog Attack

Remember, the law requires dog owners take care of their dog. Here are some things you can do to keep your dog physically and mentally healthy:

  • Walk your dog regularly to get his or her energy out
  • Never leave your dog tied up for a long period of time as this can result in unwanted aggression
  • Have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian
  • Don’t keep dogs in packs as this can result in attack behavior

What To Do If You Think a Dog May Attack

If you are approached by a dog who you feel might attack you, follow this advice:

  • Resist the impulse to scream and run away
  • Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog
  • Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight
  • If the dog does attack, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless

Statistics of Dog Attacks

As a dog owner, it is your responsibility. Here are some statistics to remind you how important it is to take care of your dog to make sure he or she will never hurt anyone:

  • 3.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year
  • Children are by far the most common victims
  • 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites each year
  • Children are far more likely to be severely injured, approximately 400,000 receive medical attention each year
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities
  • Senior citizens are the second most dog bite victims
  • Almost one half of all dog bites involve an animal owned by the victim’s family or neighbors

Remember that dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their dogs are safe enough to be around other people. If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at our Sacramento office for free consultation. The dog owner could be held liable.

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