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Any dog can bite. Some dogs are more likely to bite than others because of their temperament or how they were raised, but it is important to remember that any dog of any breed can bite a human victim.
Like any other injury, a dog bite can put a victim into a difficult financial situation. Along with high medical bills, a dog bite victim could be unable to work and potentially experience permanent nerve or muscle damage that results in the loss of use of a specific body part. Dog bite victims can seek compensation for their damages through personal injury claims.
Immediate and Long–Term Consequences of a Dog Bite
A dog bite can cause many different types of injury. Injuries the victim experiences immediately include:
- Nerve Damage
- Emotional Trauma
- Muscle and other soft tissue damage
- Bone damage
A dog bite victim should receive first aid immediately that includes sterilization of the wound and wrapping in a clean bandage. The victim should seek medical attention as soon as possible to diagnose resulting injuries properly. These can include:
- Hemorrhaging and other complications related to severe bleeding, such as an infection of the wound site
- Sprains and strains
- Bone fractures
- Nerve damage
- Lasting psychological trauma
Facts About Dog Bite Cases
A few relevant dog bite facts to keep in mind:
- More than 200,000 dog bites are reported in the United States each year
- Children are three times more likely than adults to be bitten by dogs
- Any breed can bite, but most bites are from Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and wolf-dog hybrids
Seeking Compensation for Your Dog Bite Damages
In California, dog owners are liable for all damages that result from their dogs’ bites, even when a dog has not previously shown signs of aggression. To be eligible to recover compensation for his or her damages, a victim must only demonstrate that he or she was on public property or lawfully on private property when the bite occurred.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is two years from the date of the accident. If you or your child were bitten by a dog, be proactive and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer after the injury has been seen and stabilized by a doctor. You will need evidence to show that you were lawfully on private property or that the bite occurred in public, such as photographs of the incident and testimonies from witnesses.
Work with an Experienced Irvine Dog Bite Lawyer
A dog bite can leave you or your child permanently disabled. Even when this is not the case, a dog bite can have lasting effects, such as nerve damage or a lasting phobia of dogs. After receiving medical care for yourself or your child, contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Nehora Law Firm to schedule your free consultation with us. We can answer your questions and act as your advocate to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Dog bite accidents can result from dogs of every size and breed. They pose a significant threat to children, the elderly, and adults alike. Such attacks range in severity – from the very mild, right through to severe disablement, and, in some cases, even death. Allied to the physical harm is the long-term, psychological damage that can come with dog bite accidents. Our personal injury lawyers have helped clients throughout Orange County recover the compensation they’re entitled to.
Unfortunately, dog bite accidents are more common than one would like. According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times, insurance companies handled just less than two-thousand such cases in 2013 alone – costing insurance carriers up to $65 million in damages. Each year, there are almost 5 million dog bite accidents in the US alone. Many fatal dog accidents result from animals already chained. This means dog owners must exercise great responsibility when dealing with their animals.
Reporting dog bite accidents is crucial – not only to recover damages, but also to protect other citizens from damage. A qualified, experienced attorney can help adjudge the merits of your individual case, helping you chart a legal course that recovers loss of income, medical expenses and other potential damages that result from dog bite accidents. Our lawyers work methodically to shape the case in your favor.
Dog bite lawsuits are assessed on a variety of fronts. Our personal injury attorneys collect and review the evidence needed to pursue your case. This involves establishing whether the dog in question, and no other animal, was responsible for your injuries. It also means proving ownership of the dog, showing that you did not provoke such an attack, while also demonstrating you were legally entitled to be where you were when the attack took place.
Compensation varies. The value is dependent upon several factors. For example, the medical damages – both immediate and long-term – involved; psychological damage; loss of employment and income; loss of opportunity and other familial factors. Upon establishing responsibility, our personal injury lawyers help clients throughout Orange County receive the compensation they’re fully entitled to.
Fill out our online form today to receive a free consultation on your individual case. One of our experienced attorneys will be in touch to discuss whether you have a case. Dog bite accidents can cause enormous distress. Our team help you to obtain the redress you deserve as a result of negligence or recklessness on the part of dog owners.
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