Was Your Child Injured by a Dog Bite?
Legal Help from Our San Jose Dog Bite Attorneys
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children,
particularly those ages 5 to 9, are the highest at risk for being bitten
by a dog. Unfortunately, due to their unassuming nature, many children
approach dogs without fear of bite potentiality, and consequently sustain
some of the most severe dog bite injuries, which sometimes even result
in wrongful death. However, dog owners do have a legal obligation to do
everything in their power to prevent their dogs from harming others, and
any failure to do so can be deemed as negligent behavior by a court of law.
Due to their smaller stature and the fact that they have not yet finished
growing, children run the risk of sustaining significant injury if involved
in a dog bite incident. With many dog bite injuries occurring near the
face and neck area, injuries sustained may not only involve facial lacerations, but also:
- Bone fractures
- Potential nerve damage
- Permanent disfigurement
Surgeries to correct injuries may not always be successful in fully repairing
the damage a child dog bite victim sustains. Consequently, if a child's
physical growth or normal development is impeded in any way, that child
may sadly have to endure a lifetime of adapting to his or her injuries,
and may not have as many opportunities in life that a non-physically affected
child may potentially have.
Compensation for Emotional Damages
In addition to life-altering physical injuries potentially sustained during
a dog bite accident, a child may also endure injuries that adversely affect
their emotional development as well. Aside from the obvious fear of dogs
that may be instilled as the result of a dog bite incident, children may
also have to deal with the social stigma of being permanently disfigured,
undoubtedly enduring some degree of ridicule along the way. Furthermore,
if a physical handicap results from a dog bite incident, then the child
will have to learn how to cope with his or her handicap, which in and
of itself can be a truly demoralizing assignment for a young child to
have to endure.
Call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863 for your
complimentary case review.
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CDC recommends that children facing a potential dog bite incident remain as
calm as possible, opt not to run away, but remain perfectly still instead,
even if the incident has escalated and the child has been knocked to the
ground. Direct eye contact with the dog should always be avoided in a
potential dog bite situation, as the dog may interpret such behavior to
be the child attempting to establish his or her dominance over the animal.
Unfamiliar dogs should not be approached, let alone played with, and interaction
with any such dog should only occur under the watchful eye of an adult
who is familiar with the dog's temperament and behavior.
Here are some additional tips to prevent dog bites to children.
If your child has recently been bitten by a dog, please do not delay in
contacting our experienced San Jose dog bite attorneys at Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP. By California law, dog owners may be held legally accountable
for the actions of their pets, and may be required to pay compensatory
damages to individuals injured due to a dog bite. For more information
about your child's rights as a dog bite injury victim, please call
(800) 900-0863 today.