In the US state of California, Section 3342 of the Civil Code regulates liability in cases of dog bites. Under this law, dog owners are responsible for the damage caused if their dog bites a person legitimately in a private place or other public space. The law holds dog owners responsible regardless of whether the dog owner was aware of the pet’s aggressive tendencies.
Cash compensation is required after a severe dog bite – consult an experienced lawyer
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, the resulting damage can be significant. Seek legal support from an established lawyer who will stand up for you on your behalf. For more than 39 years, Attorney Gary G. Goldberg has successfully represented dog bite victims across Riverside County. Although California tries to strictly hold dog owners accountable after a dog bite, dog owners and their insurance companies are working aggressively to avoid liability. Attorney Goldberg understands the obstacles dog bite victims face. Hence, Attorney Goldberg works diligently and extensively to ensure that his clients receive the monetary compensation they deserve. After a dog bite injury, consider seeking advice from an established litigation attorney. Schedule your free initial consultation with the Gary G. Goldberg law firm today.
The state of California leads the nation in dog attacks
According to the U.S. Postal Service, California leads the nation with the most dog bites and attacks on postal workers.
A recent nationwide study examining cases of dog bites found the following:
- Between 2005 and 2017, the state of California was the second largest state with the highest number of deaths from dog bites.
- There were a total of 45 deaths from dog attacks during the study period.
- In the United States, nearly 4.5 million people are injured by dogs each year.
Injuries usually caused by dog bite attacks
Dog bites can lead to a wide variety of injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young children are at greater risk of being bitten by a dog and their injuries are most likely serious. In addition, the agency reports that about 1 in 5 dog bite injuries require medical treatment.
The following types of dog bite injuries are common:
- Abrasion – In most cases, these injuries are superficial and do not go beyond the skin epidermis. However, in severe cases, an injury can lead to scarring, infection, or both.
- Cuts – These injuries result in tears in the skin that usually require stitching. Cuts can bypass the skin epidermis and extend to muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Deep cuts can result in uneven wounds that can heal in a jagged or zigzag scar. Medical assistance is required if there is a deep cut.
- Stab wounds – These injuries occur when the animal’s teeth pierce a person’s skin. Puncture wounds can still go deep. Whenever the teeth break the skin, there is always a risk of serious infection. Even if the stab wound is small, a doctor should be seen.
- Infection – There is always a risk of serious infection after every dog bite. Infection can come from the bacteria typically found in a dog’s mouth, but it can also come from the bacteria or germs that are on the person’s skin. Cleaning a dog’s bite is extremely important as it can reduce the potential for infection. It’s also important to look out for signs of infection, which may be redness or swelling on the area, pain, and pus.
- Rabies – The worst type of infection a person can suffer is rabies. Fortunately, the risk in the United States is relatively low.
- Crush injuries – These injuries typically occur when the dog attack involved a large dog. With the power of their jaws, large dogs can exert tremendous force that can crush and break a person’s bones.
- Nerve damage – Nerve damage often occurs after a severe dog bite. Depending on the extent of the injury, a dog bite can result in temporary or permanent loss of nerve function.
Request a free initial consultation from a knowledgeable attorney today
Generally, under California law, when a dog has bitten a person, the dog owner is strictly responsible for the injuries the dog caused. If you were bitten by a dog, you deserve to be compensated for your losses such as medical treatment, disability, loss of earnings, pain and suffering. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney who will speak up on your behalf.
Gary G. Goldberg has been advocating the rights of those bitten and attacked by another person’s dog for over 39 years. Attorney Goldberg is well versed in the complexities of these cases and ready to handle the toughest dog bite case. After a dog bite, you should discuss your case with Attorney Goldberg. Contact the Gary G. Goldberg law firm today for a no-obligation consultation at (951) 788-8325.