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.
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The number of dog bites include 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 attorneys, the latter example is a perfect instance of where attorney guidance and skill is beneficial because the damage can be severe.
According to the CDC:
- About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.
- Almost one in five of those who are bitten, about 885,000 require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries; half of these are children.
- In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs
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 an attorney 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.
Case in point:
How Our OC Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help
Our dog bite attorneys in Orange County will discuss the nature of your injuries, including how the incident arose, and all of the other relevant particulars to strengthen your case. All of our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we recover money for you by winning your case.