Dog bites are a very common form of injury for both adults and children. Every day, 1,000s people get bit by dogs and need medical attention. It is recommended that if you or someone you know has experienced an animal bite of any kind, you should seek medical attention immediately. Dog bites can be minor or they can have serious consequences, including permanent disfigurement, psychological trauma, and in rare instances, death.
Laws dealing with dog attacks vary in every state but typically states recognize a common law cause of action, creating liability for owners who know their dogs are dangers. Many states have passed dog bite statutes that can create liability in most dog bite cases, with limited defenses available to dog owners.
If you or your children are bitten by a dog contact an experienced attorney in animal bite cases because very often, people can get monetary compensation for their injury and the damage caused by it. Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you may receive compensation for: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even property damage.
A dog is Man’s best friend, right?
Well… not always! Just like a person’s, a dog’s personality is heavily affected by the way its raised. Some dogs are brought up with the intent of creating a mean and vicious animal for the purpose of protection, while others develop aggression issues as a result of repeated abuse or neglect.
Unfortunately, the end result is often the same.
Statistics show that children have an overwhelmingly higher chance of being attacked by a dog when compared to adults. Here are some startling statistics regarding dog attack frequency by age group:
If you or a loved one has experienced the trauma of a dog bite or dog attack, contact a Sacramento injury attorney to discuss your options and appropriate action.
Children have not yet learned the physical signs of danger that adults have, and as a result, do not understand the dangers a dog can pose. As an adult, we understand that if a dog is growling, or showing their teeth, we should probably stay away. A small child has absolutely no idea, and may inadvertently provoke an animal that otherwise wouldn’t have attacked. Adults also understand that sneaking up on any animal, even a person, can be met with dire consequences. Children are more likely to startle a sleeping dog, or approach a dog while they are eating, increasing the frequency at which they are attacked.
Not only is the frequency of animal attack higher with children, the severity of the injuries incurred is often far more serious. Children are not strong or coordinated enough to fend off a small dog during an attack, let alone a large dog that would give an adult issues. You can understand how severe the injuries could be to a small child who is unable to protect themselves.
A dog’s owner is responsible for their actions at all times – whether or not a case for injury liability can be made is a different story entirely.
In order for the dog’s owner to be liable for injury compensation, the following must be established:
In the most heinous of cases, criminal charges can be brought against the dog’s owner in addition to any civil cases filed. In order for criminal charges to be brought, the dog must be classified as “vicious”, or “dangerous”:
A dog attack can be a devastating experience that leaves the victim with long-term physical and psychological trauma. If the victim is a child, the consequences can be even more severe. Don’t go through this difficult process on your own. Call the dog bite experts at The Weinberger Law Firm and speak with our Sacramento injury attorney for a free consultation today!
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:
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:
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:
If you are approached by a dog who you feel might attack you, follow this advice:
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:
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.
For the millions of dog owners in America, a dog serves not only as a companion but could also provide security and emotional support. Unfortunately however, dog aggression could lead to serious injuries if a victim is bit. Understanding dog aggression is important for both dog owners and non-dog owners. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, contact a personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case with you and determine your best course of action.
There are several types of aggression such as:
Aggression is defined as the threat of harm to another individual involving snarling, growling, snapping, biting, barking, or lunging. The most common reason for aggression is fear but other factors can contribute to it. Understanding what aggression is and what causes it can help treat it and make society safer for everyone.
It is important to understand how a combination of the environment and hormones can affect the behavior of a dog. Hormonally driven aggression is usually caused by a female dog being in season. It can involve males fighting due to the presence of a female in heat or the female herself fighting with other dogs of either sex. Aggression in female dogs during their heat is a common complaint and it’s important dog owners take every precaution possible to avoid aggression.
Keep in mind that female dogs go into heat for a few weeks twice a year which is a considerable length of time. Identify the triggers that induce aggression and isolate her from those triggers, especially if children are involved. If you don’t plan on breeding her, having her spayed will be helpful in eliminating the aggression.
Dog aggression should never be taken lightly. If you suspect your dog to be aggressive, keep an eye out for some of these symptoms:
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 attorney as the dog owner could be held liable.
Getting attacked by a dog can cause a lot of serious injuries that can lead to physical, emotional and financial suffering. California has a strict liability statute which means the owner of the dog is held responsible the moment a bite occurs.
But what happens if the dog is part of a government entity? The first thing you should do if you get attacked by a dog, is contact an experienced attorney who can evaluate your case and look to see what the best option is.
Police departments across California use K9 unites to assist in law enforcement. Dogs are extremely intelligent and can help detain a suspect, pursue a suspect, identify a suspect by his scent, detect illegal substances, deter crime, protect officers and control crowds. K9 units are specifically trained to not severely harm individuals, including avoiding any bites in areas such as the neck, face or spinal cord. Although, for the most part government agencies are immune from dog attacks by K9 units, there are times when police dogs attack the wrong person or are not trained in a proper way making them liable in certain situations. Again, the best way to deal with any dog attack is by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney with knowledge and expertise in government entities.
California civil code section 3342 states that no one can bring a lawsuit upon a government entity using a dog in any of the following:
Bite incidents needs to be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether the dog was necessary, the handler issued the correct commands, and the use of force was justified. It’s also important to note down information such as: the severity of the crime, the behavior of the victim, the personal characteristics of the victim such as race and ethnicity should be tracked to determine whether dogs are used against certain people and not others.
Police dogs are extremely dangerous due to the way they were trained. Dogs are taught a bite-and-hold technique for subduing individuals suspected of crimes. This type of technique applies a greater force which results in more serious injuries, including deep puncture wounds, severe crush injuries, large tissue avulsions and lacerations, wounds necessitating surgical debridement, bony injuries ranging from cortical violations to displaced fractures, neurovascular damage and other wounds prone to infections. If you’ve suffered an injury from a police dog, contact a personal injury attorney at our office immediately.