Although dogs are often thought of as man’s best friend, they can be dangerous too. Dog bites are surprisingly common, with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that there are around 4.7 million dog bites annually across the United States.
Around 800,000 of these cases require hospital treatment and approximately 386,000 require emergency care.
Every year around 16 people are actually killed by dangerous dogs, and this number does not seem to be falling.
CDC data also suggests that many injuries were preventable. If the dog’s owner had taken certain simple steps, then the accident could have been prevented.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
People, who have been injured in preventable accidents, including dog bite injuries, may be able to make a claim for compensation. That includes the situation when a loved one has been killed in a dog bite incident, then the family or friends may still be able to make a claim.
Making a claim for compensation for a dog bite is not just about getting financial support for your injuries. Claiming may also help to prevent the dog from hurting someone else. The owner will be forced to take extra steps to ensure that the dog does not hurt anyone else.
In this state, there are specific laws which affect the rights and responsibilities of dog owners. For example, dogs must be kept on their leash whenever they are on public property.
Also, if there is anyone at the house other than the owner of the dog, the dog should be controlled within the owner’s home and possibly kept in a room or area away from the guest or visitors.
However, even if all regulations are met by the animal owner and the dog is kept at a safe distance and on a leash, injuries could still be sustained by an animal. In those situations, or in any situation that one is injured by an animal including dogs, the owner of the dog is liable for those injuries and if there is an insurance policy, compensation can be obtained for injuries and damages from the insurance company covering the dog bite.
Free Dog Bite Law
There is no free bite law in California. What that means is that if an animal that is owned and controlled by an individual bites or attacks another individual, the owner of the dog or any domesticated animal is liable for the injuries caused by the animal regardless of the dog’s history or prior acts of aggression.
Even if that is the first time the dog has ever bitten anyone, or if the dog has never shown signs of aggression.
Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured by a dog or any other domesticated animal, then contact one of our skilled animal injuries lawyers. Benjamin Drake will help you get compensation you deserve to help you to cope with the aftermath of your dog bite injury.