Did you know that, in the United States, a dog bites someone every 75 seconds? That’s 4.7 million dog bites a year! 800,000 of those bitten, half of whom are children, seek medical treatment. But medical treatment isn’t always successful: Every year, about 12 people die as a result of a dog bite. If you are injured in a dog attack, you need to contact a competent dog bite injury lawyer to help in seeking compensation.
Attorney Mike Bomberger Explains Dog Bite Injury Cases:
Know Your Rights as an Animal Bite Victim
In California, dog owners are liable for dog bites that cause harm if:*
- they own the dog
- they violated a leash law or a law prohibiting dogs from “running at large”
- they kept the dog while knowing that the dog had a history of injuring people
- the dog bite attack occurred on public property
- the dog bite occurred while the victim was lawfully on private property
- the dog (rather than the victim or the owner) caused the injury.
* Other circumstances, such as if the dog is at a kennel, may also affect liability.
Remember, it is the owner, not the dog, who is liable for your injury. Dogs that bite are often protecting themselves or their owners from perceived threat, or their owners may treat them poorly, causing aggression. The solution, therefore, is to address the owner’s lack of responsibility by filing a claim, not necessarily to punish the dog or terminate its life.
What to Do if a Dog Bites You
When a dog bites you, you need to take action right away:
Get medical treatment─Even if your wound is minor, it’s important to have a doctor treat it to:
- prevent infection from occurring.
- document the incident─ask the doctor for a copy of your medical record, which should include photographs of the bite wound.
- If you have been bitten in the face, see a plastic surgeon for a recovery prognosis and evaluation of potential surgery costs.
- Identify the dog that bit you and the dog’s owner.
- Ask the owner for a record of the dog’s health condition and vaccination history.
- Report the dog bite to the local animal control and/or police department. In Riverside County, contact the Riverside County Department of Animal Services at: www.rcdas.org, or call: (951) 358-7387.
- Collect evidence.
- Take photos of your wound, or of the dog, if you can.
- If anyone witnessed the attack, ask for their name and phone number.
- Keep any clothing that the dog ripped or soiled.
- Contact a Riverside Personal Injury Attorney at Estey & Bomberger, LLP right away.
Why do I Need to Contact a Riverside Dog Bite Injury Attorney Immediately
It’s very important to contact us immediately after a dog bite for several reasons:
- There’s a statute of limitations on dog-bite claims.
- The fresher the details of your injury are in your mind, the more accurately you can convey the information.
- The earlier you can let us know of any witnesses, the more time we have to get in touch with them and the more vivid the details of the attack are in their minds.
- Any evidence, such as dog saliva or blood, is still available, making it easier for us to do an investigation.
- The more lead time we have to match your claim with our specialists, the better we’re able to serve you.
- Remember, there’s a dog bite almost every minute of every day. By filing your claim, you’re helping to ensure dog owners and other dog-bite victims get their due.
- Medical bills (both past and future)
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Medical monitoring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lifetime care costs
- Wrongful death
- Punitive damages
Contact Estey & Bomberger, LLP Today
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