Vallejo Dog Bite Lawyer (707) 564-1900

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Dogs are wonderful pets and many Americans consider their dog a part of their family. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that around 36 percent of households in the United States own at least one pet dog and reports that the country is home to more than 70 million pet dogs. Furthermore, research from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that owning a dog can have multiple health benefits including reducing blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol levels, helping with feelings of loneliness, and giving owners more opportunity to exercise and socialize.

However, no matter how wonderful a pet dog may be, they still have the potential to cause serious bite injuries under the wrong circumstances. The CDC states that around 4.5 million people report being bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year. Many of these injuries don’t cause serious or lasting trauma, but sometimes dog bites can be severe. When dogs become aggressive, they are liable to leave people with injuries that are difficult and expensive to recover from. In the most extreme cases, dog bites can leave people with life-long symptoms and can even cause fatal injuries.

Dog Bite Statistics
  • Around 1,000 people in the U.S. require emergency treatments for dog bites every day.
  • Around 92 percent of dog bites involving fatal injuries are caused by male dogs.
  • Around one-quarter of fatal dog attacks involve dogs on chains.
  • Insurance companies in the U.S. pay over one billion dollars for dog bite injuries annually.
  • Close to two-thirds of bites happen on or close to the injured person’s home.
  • Over half of those injured by dog bites know the dog that bit them.
  • Nearly three-quarters of dog bites affect extremities such as legs, arms, hands, and feet.
Who is at Risk?

While anybody can be bitten by a dog, some are more vulnerable to bite injuries. Children are particularly at-risk for suffering serious injuries during dog attacks. According to CDC statistics, more than 80 percent of emergency room visits related to dog bites involve children under the age of 15. Additionally, it is estimated that half of all children under the age of 12 have been bitten by a dog and that unsupervised infants are over 300 times more likely than adults to be fatally injured in a dog attack.

These attacks often happen when children unintentionally provoke dogs by approaching them when they are sleeping or eating. It is also thought that children may be more at risk for serious dog bite injuries simply because they are smaller and less able to defend themselves than adults are.

Dangerous Dog Breeds

I’ve met many dogs who are from breeds that are considered dangerous and found them to be very friendly, calm, and well-behaved pets. However, throughout my many years representing people injured by dogs, I have also heard many stories of dogs from dangerous breeds quickly turning from well-behaved to aggressive. Although this doesn’t happen very often, and the majority of dogs won’t ever bite, it is good to know which breeds most often become aggressive.

Breeds that most often bite include:

  • German Shepherd
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Chihuahua
  • Bulldog
  • Pit Bull
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Pekingese
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Cocker Spaniel
Preventing Dog Bites

To learn some useful information on how to prevent dog bites, you can watch the informative video below:

Taking Quick Action

Under California law, dog bite owners have strict responsibility for injuries their dogs cause. However, injured parties have to meet certain deadlines in order for their claim to be filed. Victims of dog bites need to file claims less than two years after the date of the attack. While this may seem like a long period, having everything in order and filing your claim can take time, especially with the ongoing pressures of day-to-day life.

Calling an experienced dog bite lawyer can help take some of this stress off of your shoulders. A good attorney will be able to make sure that your case is properly prepared and that all legal deadlines are met in order to ensure you receive the money you are owed. However, choosing a lawyer that can meet your needs isn’t always easy. In addition to having a lawyer who is experienced in handling California dog bite cases, you should have someone that you are comfortable with representing you. I encourage you to keep reading about my practice on my website to learn more about us and how we have helped our past clients.

What Losses Can I Be Compensated For?

Although many people don’t realize it, dog bites can be extremely serious. When dogs attack, they often leave people with injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. Dog bites can cause injuries like serious scarring, disfigurement, bone fractures, and more. Because these incidents can be so serious, injured parties can seek compensation for a variety of losses. These losses include:

  • Lost income (as well as income one might lose in the future)
  • Medical bills
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other damages related to the bite
Vallejo Dog Bite Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo dog bite lawyer with over three decades of experience handling severe California dog bite cases. Those who’ve suffered dog bite injuries often need time and money to recover fully. To learn about your legal options for getting payments for your injuries, get in touch with me at (707) 564-1900 so that I can give you my free, friendly advice.

I take cases by contingency, which means that you don’t need to pay me until and unless I win your case and you receive money through a verdict or settlement.

If you are interested in reading more about how I have helped injured people in the past, you can read reviews left by my clients on these popular third-party websites: Google, Yelp, and Avvo.

For even more information on the success I’ve had with handling personal injury cases, you can take a look at my firm’s Verdicts and Settlements webpage.

I’m a Million Dollar Advocates Forum attorney. The lawyers of this group have all won a verdict or settled a case through negotiation that was worth more than one million dollars.

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