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Expert Torrance Dog Bite Lawyers

Dogs are curious by nature. They love to explore and play with everything, including children. This shouldn’t be a problem if the animal is trained and the child knows how to properly handle it. However, dogs are more likely to bite children than to bite adults; this can be a traumatic experience for all parties involved.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, contact experienced Torrance dog bite lawyers to help you with your personal injury claim. Farahi Law Firm has the professionals who will help you obtain the justice your family deserves.

Kids Are At Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 4.7 million dog bites occur every year in the United States. Nevertheless, the rate of dog-bite–related injuries is highest among children 5 to 9 years old (15.2%), just followed by teenagers between the ages of 10 to 14 (13.4%). Moreover, boys are more likely to be bitten by dogs than girls.

What Can You Do to Prevent a Dog Bite Accident?

To prevent dog bite-related incidents, the CDC recommends:

  • Never leave a child alone with any dog.
  • Consult with a professional before choosing a dog to determine suitable breeds based on your lifestyle and physical environment.
  • Exclude dogs with histories of aggressive behavior, especially if you have children.
  • Be sensitive to cues that show you when a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog.
  • Spend time with a dog before you buy it or adopt it.
  • Spay/neuter all dogs if possible.
  • Use caution when bringing a dog or puppy into the home of an infant or toddler.
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering the household.
  • Do not play aggressive games with the dog.
  • Seek professional advice if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors.

What To Do After a Dog Bite

According to the CDC, there are approximately 4.5 million dog-bite related accidents each year. Of this number, 800,000 cases sought medical care. Complications are preventable if the victims follow these steps:

  1. Use water and soap to wash the bite carefully and thoroughly. 
  2. Unless the wound is large enough to cause severe blood loss, do not try to stop the bleeding!
  3. Apply an antibiotic ointment. 
  4. Wrap a sterile bandage to keep the puncture wounds clean. Remember to change it often.
  5. If you do not know the dog, call 911 because your kid may need to start rabies vaccinations.
  6. To prevent infection: see a pediatrician or a medical expert within eight hours of the bite. Children with diabetes or a compromised immune system should be extra careful.

It is also essential that you protect your’s or your child’s rights, so you need to call the Police and fill out a report of the incident. Do not forget to write down the dog owner’s info (name, address, phone number, and, if possible, their insurance information), as well as of the potential witnesses. 

To prove your case, take photographs of the wounds, bruises, or other physical injuries before they are treated. Note down the events and circumstances of the incident with as much detail as you can remember.

You must keep track of all the expenses incurred due to your or your child’s bite attack injuries and contact a qualified dog-bite lawyer in Torrance. 

Call the Torrance dog bite lawyers at Farahi Law Firm. We will get the maximum compensation you deserve!

Common Injuries

Even when every animal attack is different, according to the CDC the most common dog-bite related injuries are:
  • Contusion /abrasion/ hematoma 6.0%
  • Laceration 24.7%
  • Puncture 40.2%
  • Fracture/ Dislocation 0.4%
  • Amputation/Avulsion/Crush 0.8%
  • Celulitis/Infection 1.5%
  • Unspecified dog bite/ Other 26.4%

Who Is Held Responsible for Dog-Bite Injuries?

As stated in Section 3342 of California’s Civil Code, the owner of any dog “is liable for the damages any person suffered who is bitten in a public or private place, including the property of the owner of the dog regardless of the former viciousness of the animal or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

This law will not be applied to any governmental agency using a dog in military or Police work if the bite occurred while the dog was defending itself from an annoying, harassing, or provoking act. It is not applicable in any of the following cases:

  • The apprehension or holding of a suspect. 
  • The investigation of a crime or possible crime.
  • The execution of a warrant.
  • The defense of a peace officer or another person.

What Damages Are Recovered in a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

If your child, or any other loved one, has been bitten by a dog, contact Farahi Law Firm. Our experienced dog bite lawyer will guide you through the hold process and work hard to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves. 

Among the damages we will recover for you are:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Physical or vocational therapy
  • Property damages
  • Psychological counseling
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

The medical bills include payment for expenses like on-site medical treatment by an emergency medical technician, ambulatory services, and emergency room treatment: 

  • Wound cleaning,
  • Stitches and suturing,
  • Tetanus shots,
  • Rabies shots, if necessary,
  • Removal of dog teeth still inside the wound,
  • Antibiotic treatments to prevent or neutralize infections.

Also, the dog’s owner will have to pay:

  • Surgical procedures to fix broken bones,
  • Plastic surgery to mitigate the scarring or disfigurement
  • Occupational therapy,
  • Ongoing maintenance and replacement of medical devices, like prosthetics or wheelchairs.

Besides, the dog’s keeper or pet’s owner is responsible for the mental anguish and the emotional trauma that caused to the victim, the compensatory damages must cover:

  • The terror of the attack,
  • The fear of needing emergency medical care
  • The realization of the severity of his/her medical condition,
  • The emotional distress of not being able to do the things he/she loves because of her/his traumatic injuries,
  • The anguish of living with a disfigurement (if that is the case)
  • Any latent or subconscious fear of dogs
  • Other non-economic losses

Dog bite attack victims can also recover monetary compensation for any property damage sustained in the incident. This includes any piece of clothing damaged during the attack, children’s toys, bicycles, or electronic devices. Note that compensation for property damage can also cover injuries suffered by a hurt dog.

If the dog bite was fatal, please contact us immediately. Your family deserves justice! Our lawyers will work hard to obtain it for you. The damages we will recover include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses, and
  • Lost financial support

Will the Dog Owner's Insurance Company Cover All These Damages?

To cover the costs of the dog bite, the pet owner or the keeper often carry insurance plans, such as:

  • Dog owner insurance
  • Auto liability insurance
  • Homeowner’s or renter’s insurances
  • Personal umbrella liability policies

The Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) states that homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies cover dog bite legal liability expenses up to $300,000. If the claim exceeds that limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.

If you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog, 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.

Why do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

The defendant could argue that you (or whoever got injured) provoked the animal, or you were trespassing when the incident happened. There is also the possibility that they may attempt to deny ownership of the offending animal. A professional Torrance Bite Injury Attorney will help you sort all these scenarios. 

At Farahi Law Firm, we have the experience to guide you in these difficult and complicated times. Our dog bite lawyers will work hard to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today!

Contact Farahi Law Firm

Have you or a loved one been injured by a dog in Torrance? Contact a skilled dog bite lawyer immediately. At Farahi Law Firm, we have experienced attorneys that will help you get the justice you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We are available 24/7. We offer a no-fee guarantee and won’t charge anything until we win.

IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE HAS BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, CALL 911 AND THEN CALL FARAHI LAW FIRM RIGHT AWAY.

We can help you get the medical treatment you need and the maximum compensation you deserve.

Don’t worry about fees. We will not charge you anything unless we win — and we will. Call Farahi Law’s expert personal injury lawyers for your FREE Consultation. Available 24/7

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