PERSONAL INJURY BLOG

What To Do When A Dog Bites

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

 


Being bitten by a dog in California is no joke. In The Golden State alone 1,934 dog bite claims were filed in 2016, more than any other state in the U.S.! Dog bites are scary and can range anywhere from minor nips to full-on attacks. 

So what do you do if you, your child or another loved one is bitten by a dog?

First, address the bite immediately.

  • Use a clean towel or cloth to cover the injury and stop the bleeding. If the bite is profuse or won't stop bleeding seek emergency medical attention right away, especially if it's a child.
  • Clean the area thoroughly with mild soap and water and try to keep the injured area elevated.
  • Put an antibiotic ointment on the bite to prevent infection and cover it with a bandage.

Next, document the event.

  • Call your local authorities immediately, especially if the dog was a stray or otherwise unknown, and report the bite. They'll likely need to get animal control involved to find the dog before it hurts someone else.
  • If you know the dog and/or the owner, which happens more often than not, it might be a sticky situation but don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and your family. Dog bites, even minor ones, can lead to infections or serious medical conditions and the burden shouldn't fall on the victim. You'll still want to report the bite to authorities.
  • Take pictures of the wound. If you can document the area where it happened that's also recommended.
  • Keep a record of any and all medical visits or costs sustained from the injury.

Then, seek legal advice.

  • You may not know all your rights when it comes to dog bites or how to seek fair settlement for the injury. At Lederer & Nojima we can help! We're very experienced with dog bite injury litigation and we'll make sure you get the fair compensation you deserve, including the medical attention required to treat the injury.

Finally, if you haven't already take a trip to the doctor.

  • Even if the bite wasn't serious you'll still want to plan a visit with your regular physician. Your doctor will deep clean the wound and check to make sure there's no infections or disease present. He'll probably ask questions regarding the attack so be prepared to explain what happened.

We know how upsetting a dog bite is and we don't want you to face it alone. Dealing with insurance and the owner is a headache, especially while you're recovering from the injury. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case and options.

What Dog Owners Can Do to Prevent Bites

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

As the owner of a dog, you are at risk of liability in a personal injury lawsuit if your animal is involved in a bite. You cannot claim exemption from liability, even if it was the very first time that your dog bit someone.

Often, dogs bark because they are feeling aggressive,. That aggression is rooted in a sense of insecurity, not enough space to run around, and lack of exercise. A dog that has been cooped up in the yard all day long, chained to a fence, is much more likely to get aggressive, compared to one that has had a lot of time to exercise in the park.

Many dog bites occur because of irresponsible dog ownership. As a responsible dog owner, make sure that your pet gets as much exercise as he needs. Some breeds need more exercise than others, and must not be chained the whole day with little chance to run around.

Take your dog frequently to parks and other areas, where he has a chance to be around other animals, as well as human beings. Part of responsible dog ownership is making sure your dog is socialized, or can be in an environment with human beings and animals, without getting fidgety or aggressive.

Get your dog spayed or neutered to reduce aggression involving other animals. Make sure that the dog is trained properly. If that's not possible for you to do, invest in a dog training program.

If you were injured in a dog bite, you can seek compensation for your injuries. Speak to a dog bite lawyer in Los Angeles for help filing a claim.

California Dog Bite Law May Not Be Working

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The California dog bite law is designed to keep the public safe and work as a deterrent for dog owners to keep control of their pets. Section 3342 of the California Civil Code offers detailed rules of liability in such cases where a dog harms someone. And because dogs can inflict such serious damage and are so prevalent throughout the state, having this statute in place is one way that the legislature tries to keep the public safe. The statute may work as a deterrent in some cases but so many people are bitten by dogs each year in Los Angeles and across the entire state that there is a high-likelihood that you or someone you know will, sooner or later, need a personal injury attorney who handles dog bite cases if you live in Southern California.

In a recent report by State Farm Insurance, California topped the list for most dog bites in the nation. Nationally, State Farm received 3, 670 dog bite claims and paid more than $108 million. California had 451 claims by the company and $17.1 was paid out as a result. Illinois, Texas and Ohio were the next on the list for most dog bite claims. Since this is only one company's data, clearly there were many more canine injury claims in the state. But these data are instructive. There are far too many dog attacks taking place in the state.

Additionally, State Farm only reports on what they paid. There is a good chance that many legitimate claims were denied. Even in the best-case scenario, getting an insurance company to pay on a legitimate claim may require the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. But in cases where the liable party will not accept responsibility, or the insurance company offers a low-ball settlement, or endlessly delays investigation or payment, this is when California's dog bite law is given teeth by an aggressive law firm.


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