Dog bites are the ninth leading cause of unintentional, non-fatal injury to children. A dog bite can cause injuries which are extremely serious, possibly even life-threatening. They can leave scars and cause permanent disfigurement, and can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. Even worse, a dog attack can become fatal. If you are the victims of a dog attack, call Los Angeles dog bite attorney Joshua Glotzer. We offer a free consultation and only get paid if you win.
According to 2017 dog bite statistics, thirty-nine people in the United States died as the result of a dog attack. The pit bull breed was responsible for 74% of those deaths, although this particular breed makes up only 6.5% of the total dog population in America. Most children who are bitten by a dog are bitten by their own family dog, or a neighbor’s dog, and are generally bitten in the face or head.
Statistics show that the most vulnerable groups are children and older adults as far as dog bite fatalities are concerned. Nearly half of all those who die from dog bites are children, ages thirteen and younger. Among adults, 73% of those who are killed by a dog attack are older than 50. Dog bite fatalities are much more likely to occur in women than men, particularly among the elderly.
Under California Civil Code § 3342, a dog owner is liable for damages suffered by any person bitten by the owner’s dog while:
This is true regardless of whether the dog has a history of vicious behavior and whether the owner was aware of that vicious behavior, as some states require. The victim is only required to show he or she was bitten by the dog with no provocation—that is, the person was not teasing the dog or being mean to the dog.
Under California’s dog bite statute, the victim of a dog bite is not required to prove negligence on the part of the owner of the dog to recover compensation. California is a strict liability state. This means that the owner is liable even if he or she was unaware of the dog’s propensity for aggressive behavior.
Under the California Code of Civil Procedure 335.1, you have two years from the time of the dog bite in which to file a personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. Because it can take a considerable amount of time to thoroughly investigate a dog bite claim, it is essential that you contact an experienced Los Angeles dog bite attorney as soon as possible following your attack.
The damages you are entitled to will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your dog bite. You could be entitled to one or more of the following:
For those who work as:
a workers’ comp claim may be appropriate if bitten by a dog. These types of workers have the implied consent of the owners to enter the property, therefore when bitten by a dog could be entitled to workers’ comp benefits.
If, however, workers’ comp does refuse to pay or does not fully cover the extent of the injuries from the dog bite, a third-party claim could be appropriate.
Before you agree to a settlement, it is crucial that you know the full extent of the injuries resulting from the dog bite. Dog bites can often cause permanent disfigurement, and can require extremely expensive reconstructive surgery, as well as long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
Aside from the physical injuries which result from a dog bite, there can also be emotional pain and suffering tied to permanent disfigurement, or psychological issues associated with a vicious dog attack. It is important that all of these be factored in when determining the amount of settlement damages you are entitled to. Further facts associated with dog bite injuries include:
If you are the victim of a dog bite in the Los Angeles area, you should take the following steps immediately following the incident. By doing so, it much easier for your personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles to build a solid case on your behalf. These steps include:
Below are a few additional facts regarding dog bites:
Call Los Angeles dog bite attorney Joshua Glotzer today. Josh has over 20 years experience helping dog bite victims get the money they deserve. We offer a free consultation and only get paid if you win.