If you were attacked and bitten by a dog, you are likely suffering from painful injuries. The most common injuries from dog bites include puncture wounds, permanent scarring and disfigurement, tissue damage and infections such as rabies and cellulitis. According to accident and injury statistics nationwide, there are 4.7 million dog attacks that occur on a yearly basis. Unfortunately, about half of these incidents involve children under the age of ten. Young children are prone to more serious injuries as they are much more fragile than the average adult.
There are numerous parks and recreational areas throughout Santa Clarita which at any time could be filled with numerous dogs. Although many of these dogs are well tempered, some could become violent even without provocation. Unfortunately, some dog owners try to shift the liability onto the attack victims. An argument that may hold up in court is that the bite victim provoked the dog, and therefore should share liability for the incident. A property owner may also claim that you were trespassing on their property when the accident occurred. Dog bite lawyers from The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus can fight to see that this doesn't happen to you.
According to the LA Department of Animal Care and Control,
The Leash Law: It is not permissible to let your dog run at large day or night, with or without a license (County Code Title 10, Section 10.32.010).
If a dog owner did not properly restrain their animal, and the animal attacked another person, the dog owner will be considered liable for any ensuing injuries. Because California is a strict liability state, a dog bite is the responsibility of the dog's owner. Dogs that escape from yards and then attack others are also the responsibility and liability of the dog's owner. For this reason, dog owners must be careful to properly secure their fences as well as use leashes when taking their dogs for walks or runs.
After an accident, our firm can fight to see that the dog owner's insurance company fully compensates you for your medical costs. Although many dog bite incidents do not land victims in the hospital, about 20 percent will. As a victim, you may not only be entitled to financial compensation for medical costs, but for emotional damages that you sustained as well. This is true especially in the case of children. If a child is attacked by a dog, they may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To learn more about dog bite incidents and what you can do to fight back, be sure to speak with a Santa Clarita dog bite attorney from our firm today.