How to Proceed After a Dog Bite in Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

If you've recently suffered a bite from a dog, you are not alone. Thousands of people suffer dog bite of many levels of severity every year in the United States, including right here in Los Angeles.

Not only are dog bites painful, they're mentally hard to cope with afterward, and often come with expensive health care costs to match. Anyone suffering from a dog bite should seek legal counsel immediately, both to seek recompense for suffering and to recoup costs associated with bite care.

First Thing's First: Take Care of Yourself!

Above all, seek immediate emergency care. If you haven't done that already, take that step immediately.

Once you've had your wound attended to by a medical professional, it's time to gather information on the bite. Get the dog owner's information (name, phone number, address, anything helps), as well as contact information for any witnesses.

If possible, ask for copies of the dog's registration information with the City of Los Angeles, as well as rabies vaccination documentation.

When you take a dog bite to a Los Angeles hospital, they'll ask you for any details on the animal and the owner, as they are required to automatically report the bite to Animal Control. This information will also be useful for your legal counsel.

If the owner does not have up-to-date rabies vaccinations, they will be compelled to place the dog under a 10-day quarantine for observation. The cost will be the owner's responsibility.

What to Know About California Dog Bite Law

While some states have various forms of leniency for dogs without a history of violence, California is comparatively strict. Dogs with no history of violence and no training or other circumstances that could be conceived as encouraging a dog to bite are given special consideration for a single bite.

With the help of legal counsel, you can leverage the benefits of the "One Bite Rule" even if the animal hasn't bitten anyone before. If you can prove that the owner had some knowledge of the dog's violent potential, the owner is held responsible for the dog's behavior.

With the right legal approach, this includes irresponsible behavior such as walking dogs off-leash outside of designated dog parks or other violations of animal handling laws in Los Angeles.

How to Find a Lawyer For Your Dog Bite

The best choice is a local lawyer, deeply familiar with California law as well as the ins and outs of Los Angeles County statutes. Contact us today for a consultation on your case, and guarantee every legal avenue possible is explored to get you the compensation you deserve.

What To Do If Your Child Is Bitten By A Dog

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

If your child recently was bitten by a neighbor's dog, it is likely you are very distraught about the incident. When medical bills are an issue, hiring an attorney will be necessary to help in proving the neighbor was negligent in how they had handled the confinement of their pet. Here are some steps you can take to aid in proving your neighbor was at fault for your child's injury.

Get Medical Documentation For Each Visit

Any medical information you receive from your child's doctor is useful in proving how injuries happened. If the dog left teeth marks on the skin, your doctor's physician will take photographs of them as well as imprints if requested. This will show the dog was definitely the one that had caused the injury to happen. Make sure your child goes to all follow-up appointments and that they take any prescribed medication as directed.

Have Surveillance Done Of The Neighboring Property

Setting up surveillance of the neighbor's home will aid in showing their dog is a hazard to those in the community. Your attorney will hire a private investigator on your behalf to watch the property and any actions that take place if you desire. This is an invaluable way to collect information to show the dog attacks without being provoked.

Contact Others In The Area For Similar Stories

If there are others in the neighborhood who had incidents with the dog that had bitten your child, their words can be useful in a court of law. Ask others in the area about encounters they had with the dog and the neighbor. If you find someone with information that is useful, ask them to contact your attorney right away.

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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.

Recent Pit Bull Attacks in Southern California Indicate Ongoing Danger

Monday, November 26, 2012

Four year old Hailey Nunez was told that the pit bull was safe to pet. The dog’s owner assured Hailey’s mother that the 65 pound dog was friendly. Instead of being friendly, however, the dog viciously mauled the little girl. Five men struggled with the animal as it thrashed the child nearly to death. The dog finally released her after a neighbor hit the animal with a brick. Though Hailey has since been released from a San Diego hospital, the dog bite injuries are extensive.

On that same day in October that Hailey was nearly killed, San Diego area officers also shot and killed two marauding pit bulls, the reports. In another incident, a 100 pound pit bull was menacing a neighborhood after getting out of its owner’s yard. The dog was coerced back to its home by police before anyone was injured or killed. Unfortunately, the dog that attacked Hailey was not subdued until after it caused irreversible damage: Hailey spent more than three days in the hospital and may require more surgeries. She is also on medication and must regularly visit the doctor’s office. 

In another incident further north, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull that attacked an animal control officer in La Mirada. Animal control was called after the stray pit bull was seen killing a chihuahua. When the animal control officer attempted to leash the animal, it jumped at her. That's when the deputy shot and killed the dog.

These incidents are not uncommon. In fact pit bulls are regarded by many experts as the most dangerous breed ( Many pit bulls, of course, are fantastic family pets but the dogs can, obviously, create massive problems. Pit bulls are incredibly strong and may not release their grip once they sink their teeth into their target. The facts about pit bulls as a breed suggest that these dogs may require particularly vigilante and responsible owners.   

Los Angeles Has Highest Number of Dog Bites Involving Postal Employees

Monday, June 04, 2012

Los Angeles accounted for the majority of the dog bite incidents involving postal employees in 2011, keeping Los Angeles dog bite lawyers very busy last year. That data comes from the U.S. Postal Service, and was released to mark National Dog Bite Prevention Week last month.

The U.S. Postal Service released a listing of the top 25 cities in the country for dog bites involving letter carriers. Los Angeles ranked at the top of the list with a total of 83 dog bite incidents involving mail carriers last year.

The City of Angels is not the only California city that is extremely dangerous for letter carriers. San Diego was 2nd on the list with a total of 60 dog bites. The other California cities on the list were Sacramento with 35 dog bites San Francisco with 26 dog bites, San Jose with 24 dog bites, and Long Beach with 18 dog bites.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, in 2011, a total of 5,577 postal employees were subject to dog bites nationwide. These dog bite incidents cost the U.S. Postal Service close to $1.2 million in medical costs and other expenses last year.

California seems to have a special problem with dog bite incidents involving mail carriers. Many of these incidents can simply be avoided if owners bother to secure their animals during those times of the day when they expect utility workers or mail carriers to enter the premises. Make sure that your property has a sign warning guests or visitors about the presence of animals on the property.

Apart from postal employees, children are some of the biggest victims of dog bites in California. In fact, approximately half of the more than 4 million dog bites that occur in the United States annually involve children below the age of 5.


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