Dog bites are a serious public health and safety issue. Children and adult males most commonly suffer injuries as the number of dog bites continues to rise. Over 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one out of five require some form of hospital treatment. In 2006 alone, over 31,000 victims of animal attacks required reconstructive surgery as a result of their injuries. When you hire a personal injury dog bite attorney from our firm in Orange County, you gain the experience we have gained through defending numerous dog bite victims.
Ian Silverthorne and his staff directly understand how painful and traumatic a dog attack can be, particularly to young children, who are frequent victims. If you or a family member has been bitten, you may be able to recover damages. Itâ€™s important to contact a reputable dog attack lawyer to discuss your options.
Anyone bitten by a dog should be examined by a physician, particularly if the wound is on the face. Bites to the face can result in nerve damage, especially on childrenâ€™s faces. Furthermore, fractures of the bone around the eyes, nose, or the jaw can occur. Children should be checked for infections. The nose, mouth, and parotid region are primary target areas for dog bites.
Immediately after a dog attack, the animalâ€™s owner must be identified. If the dog is a stray, then the victim will want to inform the physician, who will determine the treatment course for rabies. Lasting injuries can range from scaring, nerve injury from crush wounds, infections, and emotional trauma. Some dog attack victims have been known to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many report feeling depressed, nervous or fearful.
Any dog is capable of biting if they feel threatened or are incited. However, certain breeds seem to bite more than others. The CDC reports that 50% of all dog bites are committed by Pit Bulls. Among the other aggressive breeds that are prone to biting are German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Akita or Chow, Doberman Pinchers, and Bulldogs.
Your legal right to recover damages for a dog bite depends on where the attack happened. Dog bite laws in Orange County are very strict, and depending upon the circumstances, a victim can recover compensation from:
It is vital that you discuss your case with an experienced attorney in order to protect your rights to recover damages. You may be able to recover damages for medical expense, loss of wages, permanent scaring, loss of wages, disability, or wrongful death. We have offices in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and Los Angeles to better serve your local needs. Call a dog bite attorney at the Silverthorne Law Firm and get a free case evaluation. There is no cost of obligation and every conversation is confidential. (949) 234-6034.
By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2011, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows that the following breeds have been most responsible for serious injury and death.
The combination of pitbulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids: