Dog Bite Injury/Animal Attack Lawyers
Dogs bite roughly 5 million people a year in the U.S. Almost half of those injured are kids, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims. About 800,000 Americans annually seek medical attention for wounds from dog bites, and 386,000 require emergency room treatment. About 16 individuals die each year after being attacked by a dog. The CDC's figures do not consider the psychological trauma of experiencing an animal attack.
It is a basic fact of life that dogs bite. This includes any dog of any breed. A dog bite can be anything from a nip to a traumatic attack that leaves a severe injury. A serious injury sustained in a dog attack is cause to hold the dog's owner responsible, and for the dog attack victim to seek reimbursement for all medical costs, pain and suffering and other harm caused by the bite.
If you have suffered a severe injury or lost a loved one in an animal attack that occurred in the Pomona area or anywhere else in California, the personal injury lawyers at First Law Group, want to help you.
Serious Injuries From Dog Attacks
A serious bite is not a playful nip or even a small injury that bruises an individual who came into contact with a dog at the wrong time. A serious dog attack is one that consists of biting and scratching that results in significant traumatic injury, such as deep cuts, tearing, fractures or more. A serious attack by a dog can also result in considerable emotional and psychological injury.
According to dog bite statistics from the CDC, around 885,000 dog bite victims every year-- or 20 percent of all of those who are attacked by dogs-- require medical attention for their injuries.
The most common victims are:
- Children ages 5-9
- Elderly individuals
- Post letter carriers
Dogs most often bite an individual's arm, hand, leg, foot, head or neck, according to the CDC. Typical injuries in dog attacks include:
- Cuts, bruises and scratches
- Puncture wounds
- Tearing (avulsion)
- Bone fractures
- Crushing (head/ skull injuries)
DogsBite.org, a nonprofit, public education website regarding dangerous dog breeds, reports that severe dog attacks can cause acute injuries that can require $250,000 to $1 million in specialized medical care.
The CDC specifies that approximately 27,000 dog bite victims each year undergo reconstructive surgery. This might consist of skin grafting, tissue expansion and scar diminishment. A victim may need multiple operations over several years.
Seeking Compensation After A Dog Bite
Dog bite victims may pursue reimbursement to cover their:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Other relevant losses
Claims can be made against the dog owner and, potentially, a third party if that party's negligence caused the injury.
Individuals who have been seriously injured by an attacking dog deserve compensation and should not be reluctant to seek it via civil legal action and contact a dog attack lawyer-- it will not come out of a friend or neighbor's pocket. The compensation recuperated in a dog attack case almost always comes from the dog owner's insurance, such as homeowners' insurance or business liability insurance.
The Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance report that dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners' insurance liability claim dollars paid in 2013 and led to more than $483 million in compensation for victims. The average settlement for dog bite cases was $27,862.
An experienced lawyer can investigate your dog attack claim to determine whether the dog's owner is responsible and determine the compensation you may be due for your injuries.
Several cases can be settled through negotiations with the dog owner's insurance company. If a proper settlement agreement can not be reached, we would prepare to pursue suitable compensation for you in court.
Taking Action After An Attack
You can act to help yourself, a loved one or a friend that has been injured by a dog bite. Here are some steps you should attempt to follow:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Any kind of dog bite should be seen by a doctor.
- Immediately report the incident to the police and acquire a copy of the police accident report.
- Get the name and contact information of the dog owner if possible.
- Obtain the name and contact information of any individuals who witnessed the attack.
- Photograph the animal that caused your injuries as well as the location of the incident.
- Photograph any visible injuries you have endured as a result of the incident with the animal.
- Save any clothing that might have been damaged by the animal.
- Save and, if possible, photograph any property damaged by the animal.
- Do not interact with the owner of the dog or the owner's insurance company. If you accept any kind of reimbursement, you might waive your right to sue for additional damages.
Reach Out To Our Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one has sustained a dog bite injury or other animal attack that caused serious injury or scarring, you have rights that deserve to be protected. Get in touch with a Pomona dog attack attorney at First Law Group, right away and arrange a free consultation.
We will offer a team of legal professionals, medical professionals and investigators who are committed to your case. We can help you make informed decisions regarding your legal options. Our dog attack attorneys will work hard to make sure you receive the settlement you deserve.
At First Law Group, we really care about our community and we are driven by our passion for clients. Our personal injury lawyers in Pomona, California are always available to take your call. For a Free Consultation, call us at (626) 888-8264, or visit our website: FirstLG.com