Many Americans are bitten by dogs each year, more than 4.5 million. Of those, few receive the compensation that they rightfully deserve, and many others do not even attempt to pursue compensation.
The number of dog bites includes bites toward the owners of some dogs in which there is otherwise a good human-animal relationship. A small bite out of annoyance of not being given a treat and a vicious attack by a hostile neighborhood dog against a vulnerable newborn should not be viewed the same, because they vary significantly in nature and severity.
Whereas the former is an example of a matter that does not involve dog bite lawyers, the latter example is a perfect instance of where attorney guidance and skill is beneficial because the damage can be severe.
The Orange County dog bite attorneys at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates have been assisting Southern California dog attack victims for over 30 years and provide each of our clients with a no win, no fee promise. Call (800) 838-6644 today to obtain a free consultation with our Orange County dog bite attorney and find out what your options are.
The occurrence of dog bite cases in the U.S. is a serious issue. According to the 2015 U.S. report by Dogsbite.org, 360 people have received fatal injuries from dog bites. Of these, pit bulls were responsible for 232 deaths or 62%, despite only representing 6.6% of all dogs in America.
When combined with statistics for Rottweiler bites, that number climbs to 76%. Other dog bite statistics you need to know include:
While state laws can certainly vary, all states have laws pertaining to occurrences like assault. When a dog is involved in a physical assault the authorities take notice. In California, dangerous dogs are taken seriously. Dangerous dogs are often untrained or improperly trained dogs who can act hostile and become a threat to public safety.
Presumably, responsible dog owners train their dogs to not harm other people, but clearly, this is not always the case since many individuals each year are bitten and seriously harmed by dog bites. When this happens, you need and deserve a dog bite lawyer who is competent and skilled in advocating for you by ensuring that the dog owner is held responsible.
In America, certain stereotypes are associated with certain breeds. As a culture, we are familiar with the boxer and pit-bull being more vicious and prone to attack than other dogs. What dog owners fail to realize is that every dog over a certain size has the potential to cause harm.
Cases are often related to the owner’s treatment and the behavior pattern of the dog rather than the breed. Even small dogs can cause extreme harm to children.
A dog bite can leave serious and sometimes permanent injuries and scarring. Dog bite treatment can vary based on personal injuries received. Common injuries from dog bites include:
Facial scarring is a devastating result of dog bites. Children are especially prone to wounds and scarring on their faces when attacked, because their small height puts their face within easy reach of the animal.
Facial scarring can impact daily life for children or adults, leading to embarrassment and avoidance of others, in addition to requiring multiple expensive reconstructive surgeries. Puncture wounds can occur on any part of the body and can be incredibly deep and painful.
Sometimes puncture wounds lead to nerve damage, which could permanently impact a victim’s ability to properly utilize limbs and lead to loss of sensation. With any dog bite, there is always a serious risk of infection which, if allowed to spread, could result in serious complications or death.
Finally, being attacked by a dog can cause serious and lasting psychological and emotional damage that may require therapy or medications.
If you have been the victim of a serious personal injury due to a dog bite, our experienced dog bite lawyers at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates can provide the knowledgeable representation you need to help you recover the compensation you deserve in the form of a dog bite settlement or verdict.
Call (800) 838-6644 to speak with one of our compassionate legal professionals for a one-on-one consultation to find out what options you have available to you.
Attorney Tim Ryan is author of "The Personal Injury Victim's Bible" and has assisted thousands of injury victims, obtaining more than $1 billion for his clients collectively since 1981.
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