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Murieta Dog Bites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps track of annual dog bite injury statistics in the United States.  

According to that agency, on average, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  Dog bite injuries can range from mild to very severe and disabling.  There are even instances of fatal dog attacks every year.  

Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Some of the common injury types that our Rancho Murieta dog bite attorneys have seen are:

  • Punсturеѕ аnd lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Sсаrring on various parts of the body
  • Psychological aftereffects such as PTSD
Steps to Take Following a Dog Attack

A dog attack is traumatic.  Here are some things you need to remember if you become a victim of a vicious dog.

  • If you were attacked by a dog, immediately seek medical attention.  Dog bites present a serious risk of infection, and quick treatment may help reduce those risks.  To mitigate the risk of infection, you will likely be prescribed a course of preventative antibiotics. The sooner you see a physician, the faster your healing process can begin.
  • Regarding your legal rights, it is crucial that you identify the dog owner that bit you.  If you are incapacitated by your injuries, enlist a friend or family member to obtain the home address and phone number for the person to whom the dog belongs.  The owner of the dog is directly responsible for the damages that result from their pet's actions.  If you cannot track down the owner of the dog, the possibility of obtaining monetary recovery declines significantly. If you are successful in locating the dog owner, our Rancho Murieta dog bite attorneys will be better able to help you with your claim.
  • Take photographs of your injuries shortly after the attack, and photo document your entire healing process.
  • Report the dog attack to your local animal control agency. This is an important step that may prevent other innocent people from being attacked by the same dog.
  • Contact a Rancho Murieta dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal rights and the options you have for the dog owner's financial recovery.
Dog Bite Injury - Common Monetary Damages

Some of the damages that may be recoverable in a personal injury claim resulting from a dog attack include:

  • Medical expenses - past and future
  • Loss of income as a result of missing time from work
  • Pain and suffering

The total medical expenses incurred by dog bite victims will vary widely. In most cases, there will be some scarring that could require future plastic surgery.  Some bite injuries are so severe that they require surgery and even hospitalization.  If there is nerve or muscle damage, there will likely be physical therapy and rehabilitation.   

Dog Owners are Strictly Liable 

California law dictates that a dog owner is “strictly liable” for any injuries their pet causes.  This is regardless of whether the animal has a history of biting or aggressive behavior. Strict liability means the dog owner cannot circumvent responsibility by claiming that the dog never exhibited vicious behavior before.

Watch the YouTube video with tips to prevent a dog bite injury.

Why Hire a Rancho Murieta Dog Bite Lawyer?

Thеrе аrе complexities to dog bite cases that an experienced Rancho Murieta dog bite attorney will be able to navigate.  The biggest challenge presented by a dog bite lawsuit is when the dog was owned by a person who rented their living space rather than someone who owns their home.  In such a case, there are other pieces of information that need to be determined before the property owner’s insurance policy will pay for damages.  Determining whether there is insurance coverage is an investigation best handled by a skilled dog bite attorney.  Gathering key evidence is important in the time immediately following a dog attack.  Getting an attorney on board as soon as possible ensures that this evidence-gathering is handled and that your rights are protected.

Rancho Murieta Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a family member was bitten by a dog and sustained injuries, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.  Dog bite injuries can be serious and result in permanent damage.  For free and friendly advice, contact us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.  We will arrange a no-obligation consultation to go over the details of your potential case.

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