West Sacramento Dog Bite Injury Attorney
While dogs have earned a reputation as man's best friend for a reason, it is an unfortunate reality that dog bites are far from uncommon. According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, 800,000 of which are severe enough to require medical attention.
National statistics are one thing, but West Sacramento residents may have more reason to exercise caution around dogs compared to the average American. Insurance companies in California are inundated with dog bite claims, leading the Los Angeles Times to ponder whether California ought to be considered the dog bite capital of the United States. What is not up for debate is that, in recent years, California insurance companies have received the highest number of dog bite claims.
And, California dog bites are only growing in frequency and numbers. Serious dog bites that require an emergency room visit are up 44 percent in the state of California over the last 10 years. In 2015 alone, the state of California experienced 26,910 such dog bites. Sacramento County alone was impacted by over 1,500 emergency room visits for dog bites in 2015, which is well over double emergency room dog bites experienced in 2005.
The takeaway from these numbers is that serious dog bite injuries are all too common in California and West Sacramento alike. If you have been the victim of a dog bite in West Sacramento, know that you are not alone. And, know that you may be entitled to legal compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
California holds dog owners accountable for the violent actions of their dogs since the state expects owners to assume responsibility when they make the choice to own a domestic animal. In addition to basic responsibilities such as training the dog and supervising it, California dog owners are also expected to curb a dog's aggressive behavior or properly restrain/prevent the dog from engaging in any attacks or biting.
As such, injured victims of a dog bite should talk to a West Sacramento dog bite attorney who has the experience needed to determine whether the victim has a case that can result in deserved compensation. For more than three decades, I have earned the trust of West Sacramento dog bite victims and victims in Sacramento County by becoming well-versed in California dog bite law. Over the last 30 years, I have observed Sacramento County courtroom procedures and practices, which has provided me with the insight needed to prove and argue a successful dog bite case.
Choosing the right dog bite attorney is one of the most important decisions an injured victim can make, and it is not a choice to be taken lightly. Not only do you need a West Sacramento dog bite attorney who is experienced, you also need an attorney you trust. I encourage you to read about my law firm on my website to see if my law firm's representation style is the right fit for you. If you would like to speak with me personally about your West Sacramento dog bite case, you can reach me locally at (916) 921-6400 or you may call toll free at (800) 404-5400.California Dog Bite Law
As a strict liability dog bite state, California embraces a legal doctrine that provides the maximum possible protection for dog bite victims. California Civil Code Section 3342 expressly provides that, in the event a dog causes an injury to a person, the owner of the dog is responsible for the damages/harms caused.
Therefore, the owner does not need to have knowledge of the attack, awareness of past dog aggression or any other knowledge/intent to be held liable for the injuries caused by their dog's attack. California law places the responsibility for dog bites largely on the shoulders of dog owners on public policy grounds. Simply put, dog owners should be responsible for ensuring that their domestic animal does not endanger the safety of the local community.
Even if the dog attacked unprovoked, a West Sacramento owner will likely be held liable for any resulting injuries, even if the attack was sudden and seemingly for no reason. Additionally, the excuse that a dog owner did not have enough time to stop an attack is no defense for escaping legal liability in California.Typical California Dog Bite Injuries
Given the propensity of California dog bites that lead to emergency room visits and worse, it may come as no surprise that many dog bites are far more serious than simple bite marks. This is particularly true when large and/or aggressive dog breeds are involved in a dog bite attack since they have the size and strength to inflict severe harms.
Common dog bites I have observed in my years representing dog bite victims include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord and Nerve Injuries
- Torn Muscles
- Damaged Ligaments and Tendons
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Bones
- Bite Wounds
I'm Ed Smith, a West Sacramento dog bite attorney with an informative California accident website that gets you the information needed to understand your legal options after an injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another that has caused you to be the victim of a dog bite or any other injury, please call me directly at (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly legal advice you can trust. If you live outside the West Sacramento area, please call our toll free number at (800) 404-5400.
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