Are you in need of a Solana Beach dog bite lawyer?
Dogs attack people in Solana Beach all of the time. Dog bites are both common and dangerous, and they can leave you facing permanent injuries. If you have been bitten by a dog, you should talk to one of our experienced Solana Beach dog bite injury lawyers. We can help you to recover damages so that your losses will be covered.
How common are injuries from dog bites?
Each year, an estimated 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. Since the U.S. population is 325.8 million people, that means the chances that a person will be bitten by a dog is one out of 72.
What type of dog bite qualifies for a lawsuit?
California has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on dog owners when their dogs bite people who are in public places or who are lawfully present on the private property. If you were bitten by a dog while you were in public or while you were a guest or customer of another person or business, you may have grounds to file a dog bite lawsuit. If you were bitten while you were trespassing on the property of others, you will not have a valid basis to file a lawsuit. People who are bitten by police or military dogs that are performing their duties also are not able to file dog bite lawsuits.
What are common dog bite injuries?
Dog attacks can cause many serious injuries, including the following types:
• Infections in the wounds
• Blood loss
• Permanent scarring and disfigurement
• Nerve damage
• Tissue, tendon and bone damage
• Psychological trauma
Who is at highest risk for dog bite injuries?
Dogs bite people of all ages, but young children and elderly people have the highest risks of being bitten by dogs. You should never leave a young child unattended with a dog. Since elderly people are more fragile and have less mobility, they may not be able to get away from an aggressive dog. Healthy adults may have more strength to fight off an attacking dog. Children are often bitten by dogs that they know. Since children may play with dogs in a manner that bothers them, the dogs may suddenly bite them and cause serious injuries or death.
What you should do following a dog attack
After you have been attacked by a dog, you should try to find out who the owner of the dog is. Get immediate medical attention instead of trying to care for your injuries at home. Dogs can carry many germs in their mouths. If you don’t get prompt treatment, you may develop an infection that could be potentially life-threatening. Once you have gotten medical treatment, you should contact an experienced dog bite injury lawyer for help.
When you should contact a Solana Beach dog bite lawyer
Dog bite claims are considered to be claims involving personal injury. Under California law, you have two years to file a dog bite injury claim. If you don’t file your claim in time, you will lose your right to recover damages. Contact our law firm today to meet with a Solana Beach dog bite lawyer so that you can protect your rights.
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