Dog Bite Injuries
There are an estimated 75 million dogs in the United States – or about one dog for every four people.
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates there is a dog in more than one-third of all U.S. homes. And, while we are a nation of dog lovers, 1 in 50 people will be seriously bitten by a dog each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most will be family members or friends of the dog owner.
The Anaheim dog bite injury attorneys at Howard Law, we understand dog bite injuries can be emotional cases, often involving children who are victimized by a neighborhood or family pet.
Whether you have been bitten by a vicious dog in the neighborhood or a known pet, it is important to seek the advice of an Anaheim injury lawyer experienced in handling dog bite cases.
Southern California dog bite injuries are serious cases that can have long-term medical consequences, including infection, scaring, and disfigurement. Often, when a child or elderly person is bitten, emotional issues can threaten independence and social interaction and will need to be addressed by a healthcare professional.
In cases where the dog owner is a relative or family friend, Howard Law will work with you and the dog owner in an amicable manner to make a claim against a homeowner’s insurance policy.
In other instances, a lawsuit will have to be prepared and filed. A report by State Farm insurance found that about 15 percent of all payouts under home owner insurance polices are for dog bite injuries.
More than half of all dog bite victims are family members or friends of the dog owner.
The number of fatal dog attacks is rising – 30 people died in fatal dog attacks in the United States during 2009, compared to 23 in 2008.
California joins 27 other states with a strict liability law for dog bites – the law states California dog owners are strictly liable for dog bite injuries, even if the owner was not negligent and the dog has not bitten anyone before.
And, in some instances, a landlord can be held responsible when a tenant’s dog bites someone while on the property.
Howard Law represents client who have suffered a dog bite injury in Anaheim and the surrounding area, including Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside. Call (800) 872-5925 for a free consultation