Are you looking for a Carlsbad dog bite lawyer?
Dog bites are very common types of injuries in the U.S. If you have been attacked by a dog, or you have lost a loved one because of an attacking dog, it is important for you to get legal help. One of our experienced Carlsbad, California dog bite lawyers may help you to recover compensation so that your losses are covered. We are experienced in helping the victims of dog bites to hold the dog owners liable to pay damages.
Frequency of dog attacks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. have to go to the emergency department each year after being bitten by dogs. The CDC estimates that 4.5 million people in the nation are injured in dog attacks every year. According to the San Diego County Animal Services, an average of 6,000 dog bites are investigated by the agency each year.
Common types of injuries that are caused by dog bites
Dog bites may lead to serious injuries, including the following types:
• Puncture wounds
• Broken bones
• Secondary infections
• Blood loss
• Severe scarring
• Nerve damage
• Emotional harm
People who have the greatest risk of injuries from dog bites
The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that young children have the greatest risk of being injured by dogs followed closely by elderly people. Children are likely to be injured by familiar dogs during everyday activities, and they have a much higher risk of suffering serious injuries. Senior citizens have the second highest risk of being seriously injured in dog attacks.
What type of dog bite qualifies for a lawsuit?
People who are bitten by dogs while they are in public or while they are legally on the property of others are able to file lawsuits against the dog owners. Dog owners are strictly liable to pay damages when their dogs bite others in public or on private property on which the victims were lawfully present. People who have been bitten by police K-9s while the police were trying to effect stops or searches are not able to file lawsuits, however.
What to do after a dog attack
If a dog charges at you, drop to the ground and curl up in a ball while protecting your head and face with your hands. Once the attack is over, call 911 or ask someone else to call. Make sure that you ask for medical attention when the police arrive. Dog bites can transmit dangerous microorganisms that may cause a variety of dangerous illnesses. Take photographs of the dog and of the scene or ask someone else to take them for you. Get the name of the dog owner as well as the names and contact information for any witnesses.
When to contact an experienced Carlsbad dog bite lawyer
Under California law, you must file a dog bite injury claim no later than two years after you were injured by the dog. It is best to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after you have been attacked instead of waiting. Call one of our experienced Carlsbad dog bite injury attorneys today to learn more about your rights.
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