Dog bites are a serious problem that threatens public health and safety. The number of dog bites continues to rise with children and adult males most often suffering injuries. 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 bye defending many injured clients and a good number of them have been dog bite victims.
Ian Silverthorne and his staff know first hand 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. It’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, especially in children, can result in nerve damage, and fractures of the bone around the eyes, nose, or the jaw. Children should be checked for infections. The nose, mouth, and parotid region is a primary target area for dog bites.
Immediately after a dog attack, the animal’s owner must be identified. If the dog is a stray, then the victim will want to inform the physician, who will make a determination regarding treatment for rabies. Lasting injuries can range from scaring, nerve injury from crush wounds, infections, and emotional injuries. Some dog attack victims have been known to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, reporting feeling depressed, nervous or fearful.
Any dog is capable of biting if they feel threatened or are egged on. However, certain breeds seem to bite more than others. The CDC reports that 50% of all dog bites were committed by Pit Bulls. Among the other aggressive breeds 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:
To protect your rights to recover damages it is vital that you discuss the details of your case with an experienced lawyer. You may be able to recover damages for medical expense, loss of wages, permanent scaring, future 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 the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.
The combination of pitbulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids: