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Almost every American household has a dog. The American Pet Products Association says there are nearly 90 million pet dogs in our country. However, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Over half of dog-bite injuries happen at home with dogs that are familiar to the victim. The rate of dog-bite related injuries is the highest among children 5 to 9 years old.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), California is the state with the most significant number of dog bite claims in the United States, since it registered 2,396 in 2019.
These are 1,128 more claims than Florida’s, which were only 1,268 claims and placed second. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, remember that Farahi Law Firm has years of experience in handling cases involving animal attacks.
Avoid Risky Situations
If you want to avoid being attacked by a dog, reading a dog’s body language can be helpful. Like people, dogs rely on body gestures, postures, and vocalizations to express themselves and communicate. If you pay attention, you can notice whether a dog is feeling stressed, frightened, or threatened.
The American Veterinary Medical Association also recommends to avoid petting a dog in these scenarios:
- If the dog is not with its owner
- If the dog is with its owner, but the owner does not give permission to pet the dog
- If the dog is on the other side of a fence—do not reach over a fence to pet a dog!
- If a dog is sleeping or eating
- If a dog is sick or injured
- If a dog is resting with her puppies or seems very protective of her puppies while anxious about your presence
- If a dog is playing with a toy
- If a dog is growling or barking
- If a dog appears to be hiding or seeking time alone
Remember that any dog can bite, and most dog attacks are preventable. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked.
Damages you can Recover in Dog Bite Injury Claim
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog in California, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Damages in such cases include:
- Medical care bills,
- Physical or vocational therapy,
- Psychological counseling,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earning capacity,
- And pain and suffering.
In the case the dog bite was fatal, we are deeply sorry for your loss, but you must seek justice and file a wrongful death claim. You are entitled to damages. Contact an expert attorney immediately to orientate you.
Also, all the delivery men, postmen, and mail carriers that were bitten by dogs can claim workers’ compensation. Besides, this benefit gives them medical treatment and temporary disability benefits.
To cover these damages, dog owners often carry insurance plans in the event of a dog bite; such as:
- Dog owner insurance,
- Homeowner’s or renter’s insurances,
- Auto liability insurance,
- Personal umbrella liability policies
Triple-I affirms that homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability legal expenses, up to the liability limits (typically $100,000 to $300,000). If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.
Possible Dog-Bite Injuries
As every animal attack is different, your injuries are unique. However, the CDC says that the nonfatal dog bite-related injuries more common in U.S. emergency rooms are:
- Unspecified dog bite
Other Possible and more Traumatic Injuries are:
- Deep scarring
- Nerve damage and lasting paralysis
- Loss of vision
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fracture and broken bones
- Rabies, MRSA, hepatitis, and Pasteurella
- Lingering emotional and psychological trauma
The Body Parts most Commonly Injured are:
- Face 15.2%
- Mouth 4.6%
- Ear 1.5%
- Head 1.0%
- Other (eyeball /neck) 0.5%
- Hand 18.2%
- Lower arm 12.4%
- Finger 9.4%
- Upper arm 2.3%
- Wrist 2.2%
- Elbow 0.8%
Leg/ Foot 25.8%
- Lower leg 14.8%
- Upper leg 6.9%
- Knee 1.4%
- Foot/ Toe 1.4%
- Ankle 1.3%
You can see that the majority of the injuries occurred in the arm, where the hand is the most damaged body part. According to the CDC, 66,969 nonfatal dog bite-related injuries in the hand were treated at hospital emergency rooms, in the United States, only in 2001.
If this is not enough, at least 1 in 5 dog bite victims will require professional medical care, and approximately 27,000 of those will need reconstructive surgery to recover fully.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) affirms that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay is 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay. This is approximately $18,200; therefore, this may increase your expenses and create debt. Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer to have the responsible party pay these fees.
Farahi Law Firm, APC, has years of experience in handling claims involving animal attacks. Our skilled attorneys in Panorama City aid victims around the state to file personal injury lawsuits in cases of dog bites.
Protect your Rights After a Dog Bite Injury
Knowing what to do after an accident or the attack of an animal is crucial. Your actions will help you get not only the best healthcare but a satisfactory settlement. Remember that your well-being, as of those whom you love the first to take in mind.
When a dog bite takes place, follow these steps:
- Call 911 and report the incident.
- Chase down medical treatment. Some dog bite injuries could be fatal.
- Write down the dog owner’s information (name, phone number, and address. If it is possible, get his insurance information too)
- If there were witnesses, ask them their name, phone number, and address.
- Be sure to take photographs of the injuries before they are treated.
- Write down everything you remember about the incident. This will be useful to support your case.
- Keep track of all your expenses, such as hospital bills, transportation, and lost wages.
- Report the incident to the Panorama City Animal Control Unit.
- Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer.
Who is Responsible for Dog-Bite Injuries?
Section 3342 of California’s Civil Code specifies that the owner of any dog is liable for the damages any person suffered who was bitten:
- In a public place
- In a private place (including the property of the owner)
Dogs that are performing military and police services are the exception to this law. Also, you should know that the dog owner is only liable if the damage is caused by a dog bite, not by any other form of attack.
Who Cannot Sue After a Dog Bite?
You can file a claim as long as you were not trespassing on some else’s property when the incident happened. The defendant could argue that you excite or provoke the dog into biting. Nevertheless, this defense does not apply in cases involving children under the age of 5.
How Much Time do i Have to File Dog Bite Claim?
Like any other personal injury, you have two years from the date of the incident to file the case to save your privileges. This period is known as the statute of limitations. In the case your lawsuit is filed after the two years, the court may rule it without a trial.
Why do I need a Dog Bite Lawyer?
If you’ve been bitten by a dog and you’re getting second thoughts about filing a claim, remember that you are entitled to compensation. According to Triple-I, homeowners’ insurers paid out $797 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries in 2019.
You should know that the average cost per claim increased by 14.7%. Last year, this cost was $44,760 up from $39,017 in 2018. As you can see, seeking justice pays well. Hiring an expert lawyer improves your chance of getting a better settlement.
There’s also the possibility that in a dog bite lawsuit, the defendants may attempt to deny ownership of the offending animal. They might argue that you were trespassing illegally on his property, or affirm that you provoked the dog’s violent reaction.
In all these scenarios, the assistance and guide of a skilled and experienced dog bite lawyer will help you. A qualified dog bite lawyer is necessary to secure the monetary compensation you are entitled to.
At Farahi Law Firm, we are here for you in this challenging and complicated times. Our experienced lawyers will work hard to get the justice you deserve. Your case will be our priority. Contact us today!
Contact Farahi Law Firm
Have you been injured by a dog in Panorama City? You must contact an expert dog bite lawyer immediately. At Farahi Law Firm we have experienced attorneys that will help you get justice.
Contact us today at (844) 4-JUSTICE for a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We are available 24/7.
Dog Bite FAQs:
Yes, you can file a claim as long as you were not provoking or harassing the dog.
Yes, you are entitled to property damages. The compensation may include the purchase price of a similar pet, registration of a purebred animal, licensing, shots, and training costs.
It depends on the severity of your injuries and their healing process. We want to be aware of any potential damages before entering into a settlement negotiation.
You do not have a claim. However, if the dog is being kept at the local pound and escapes and bites you, you may have a claim against the pound for negligence.
At Farahi Law Firm, we have a strict policy that our clients don’t have to pay a fee until we win.