Dog Bite Injury
Sacramento Dog Bite Lawyer, Sacramento Animal Attack Attorney
Dogs bite some 47 million people in the United States every year. About 800,000 of these dog bite victims, mostly children, require medical treatment. Dog bites are the second leading cause of injury to minors in Sacramento and Elk Grove CA. Dog bite attacks account for 1 out of 3 homeowner's liability insurance claims, translating into more than $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars) in pay outs annually.
There are many reasons why a dog bites, and they are not always strange or unknown animals. All of these can be reasons for dog bites: A dog tries to defend or protect territory or pups, wants to establish dominance over his/her victim, is in an unfamiliar or threatening environment, is disturbed while eating, startled when sleeping, or trying to hang onto a toy or treat. All breeds of dog bite, though in a previous controlled study by the Centers for Disease Control, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls were involved in half of dog-bite fatalities. Newer statistics support the fact that animals who are chained up are the most likely biters.
Prevention of dog bites falls on the dog’s owners and potential victims alike. Dog owners are most often responsible for the consequences of dog bite injury. Therefore, it is important that dog owners reduce the risks that their dog will bite. The single most important thing to do is to alter the animal, then obey all licensing, restraint, and confinement laws. Then come proper and professional training, treating the dog humanely, socializing the animals to new environments.
Potential victims can decrease their risk of dog bite attacks by learning how to approach a strange dog and teaching their kids the same precautions. Unknown, fearful, or aggressive dogs obviously need different handling, but even beloved family pets will bite under the right (or wrong) circumstances. Kids with the proper training about how to approach any dog, particularly unknown dogs, and how to properly treat their own animals greatly reduce their chances of becoming dog bite victims.
If you are involved in a dog bite incident in Sacramento or Elk Grove CA it is important to first establish if the dog has been vaccinated, and if medical treatment for the injuries is necessary. Gaining pertinent information about the dog, its owner, and any witnesses is also crucial. Many dogs are microchipped today, so even if a dog does not have a tag, it is possible to find out who owns the dog. If the dog bite victim goes to the emergency room, they will report the incident to local police or animal control authorities. The victim can also report individually.
Contacting a dog bite injury attorney in Sacramento or Elk Grove CA can help you discover what your legal rights and options in a case may be. A dog bite attorney can help maximize and protect your interests in a dog bite case.
Dog bite law varies by place and circumstance and also may include a limitation on the time you have to file a legal claim. In general, a dog bite victim has the right to seek injury compensation from any party whose negligence caused the dog bite attack, any party in violation on leash or restraint laws, and any party who knowingly harbors a dog with a history of biting people.
Dog bite claims fall under the umbrella of personal injury law, where an injured party has the legal right to seek compensation for injuries caused by another party's actions or negligence.
Do you feel you may have a potential injury case? Contact us today for a free personal injury case consultation or call (916) 329-9010 for a free injury accident case consultation.