Most people are not aware of the fact that close to 5 million people are bitten or attacked by dogs in the United States each year. Of these dog bite victims, about 340,000 require emergency treatment and result in more than 1,000 dog bite hospital emergency room visits each day. Tragically, about 20 of these dog attacks result in loss of human life.
A dog attack can cause such injuries as:
- Cuts, bruises, and other soft tissue damage
- Broken bones from the bite itself or from falling to the ground
- Crush injuries from the force of the bite
- Head trauma from falling down
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of fingers, toes, hands, ears, or other extremities
If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog, our Orange County dog bite attorneys are here to listen and help. We want to hear your story and will offer an honest assessment of your right to compensation and how we can pursue this. At Jackson & Wilson, we strongly believe in representing the rights of the injured. In addition to helping those who have been bitten by dogs, we have represented pet owners whose animals have been harmed by another. In fact, one of our cases involving a dog struck by a baseball bat by a neighbor made a new California law. Click here to read about this case.
For a free, confidential review of your case, give us a call at (800) 661-7044.
Avoiding Dog Attacks
Many dog bite victims are children who are bitten or attacked in the face and hands. Because you never know what a dog’s disposition is, it’s usually best to first talk to the owner before ever approaching and petting a dog. Children should be taught to approach dogs slowly and to allow the dog to get comfortable with him or her before trying to pet the animal.
When you really think about all of the unknowns, however, it’s probably best to avoid strange dogs altogether. The fact of the matter is that because we’ve handled so many disfiguring and life-changing dog bite cases over the years, we think it’s smart to simply avoid putting yourself or your child in a location or position that might result in a dog bite or attack. Dogs are animals and you just never know what they are going to do.
Strict Liability for California Dog Bite Claims
In most California dog bite cases, a victim does not need to show that the dog owner was negligent or careless. In fact, pursuant to California Civil Code §3342, the owner of a dog is “strictly liable” for all dog bite-related injuries and harm. Other California codes and court cases expand liability to include being knocked down by a dog while standing, walking, or even riding a bike.
Talk to an Orange County Dog Bite Attorney Today
Over the years, we’ve represented dog bite victims who have been bitten in their faces, hands, chest, and ankles. We helped clients who have lost fingers, parts of their hand, toes, and even an ear to dog attacks. We’d like to think that we’ve done a good job for our dog bite clients. Hopefully, their testimonials and posted case results speak for themselves.
When handling serious dog bite cases, there’s a right and wrong way to right the wrong, fix the harm and maximize the results. Call us and we’ll be happy to take the time to explain the difference. We’ve been helping Orange County dog bite victims since 1986 and chances are, we can help you too.
Call our offices at (800) 661-7044 for your free case evaluation.