San Jose Dog Bite Attorneys
Each year in the United States people are injured and even killed by animal attacks and dog bites. Hundreds of thousands of dog bite victims seek medical attention annually as a result of their injuries. Although this number is quite high, it may not be totally accurate, as many victims do not receive medical attention for their injuries. The majority of dog bite victims are children who account for 60% of all reported dog bite injuries. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or animal attack please contact a Northern California dog bite injury attorney right away.
There is not one specific breed of dog that is the most dangerous; any type of dog is capable of attacking a human. Even the dog of a family member or friend may attack a person that they are familiar with. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to be in charge of their animal at all times, including preventing an attack.
A dog bite is an unexpected and traumatic experience for any person to go through. A person who has been bitten by a dog bite may go through post traumatic stress disorder, emotional problems, fear of dogs, physical rehabilitation, and reconstructive surgery. Over 43,000 facial injuries are the result of dog attacks. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries.
What to do After a Dog Attack
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Use soap and warm water to gently cleanse the wound
- Contact animal control about the dog bite, and provide as much information as possible
- Take pictures of the injuries sustained in the dog attack
- Photograph the scene of the dog attack
- Collect information from any witnesses who were present during the dog attack
Dog Bite Injuries
According to California Civil Code, section 3342, "the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog." Additionally, many local County and Municipal Codes award attorney's fees to dog bite victims. Unfortunately, while many dogs are friendly, in part because their owners have fostered such behavior, some dog owners fail to control their animals, and consequently place others in harm's way due to the less than docile behavior exhibited by the pets. The spectrum of possible injuries that can result from a dog bite is wide, with some instances of dog attacks being much more severe than others.
When most people think of dog bites, they think of puncture wounds left from a dog's teeth. However, what many fail to take into account is the tearing motion that a dog's clenched jaw can have on human skin. Consequently, in addition to puncture wounds, there are also a host of other dog bite injuries, including:
- Abrasions and lacerations, which may ultimately lead to scarring or require skin grafting procedures
- Bone fragments and nerve damage, which could each lead to reconstructive surgery and permanent impairment
- Infection such as rabies, pasteurellosis infection (a very common infection-causing bacteria found in dogs), streptococcal and staphylococcal infections, and even the rare capnocytophaga infection
Injuries caused by dog bites often affect the limbs, but can ultimately affect any part of the body. Unfortunately, while many injuries may heal, there are a great number of dog bite injuries that require extensive rehabilitation time and that may never fully heal on their own. Consequently, in the event that an individual's everyday routine is adversely affected by a dog bite, that individual may be able to seek compensatory damages from the dog's owner.
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If it is determined that a dog's owner was negligent in protecting other people from the dog, then the owner can be held liable for his or her actions in a court of law. California law protects people from the reckless actions of dogs and the dog owners who permit the reckless behavior to take place.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a dog bite or animal attack accident, please contact an attorney at Van Der Walde & Associates at (877) 862-6288.