Dogs can make wonderful pets, and are often considered a part of someone’s family. However, not all dogs are personable, and even the friendliest dog can turn violent when frightened or threatened. The average strength of a dog bite is roughly 260 pounds of pressure, which can do some serious damage. Not to mention the emotional damage that a fear of dogs can create. If you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite, then call us for representation. We will fight to secure the maximum compensation you deserve.
Know your rights
In the state of California, the dog owner is always liable for a bite if the bite took place on public property or on private property that the victim was lawfully visiting. Claiming no prior knowledge of a dog’s violent tendencies is not a reasonable defense in our state. If you are bitten by a dog, you have the right to hold the person in charge of controlling the dog fully liable for your injuries. You also have the right to take photos, seek medical attention, file a police report, and contact animal control.
Understanding your Injuries:
Dog bite injuries can be both physically and emotionally damaging. Below are the most common injuries sustained by dog bite victims. Understanding what you are most likely to experience can help to expedite your medical care following an incident.
- Puncture wounds from the dog’s teeth.
- Eye injuries.
- Broken bones.
- Facial bruises, cuts, and lacerations.
- Nerve damage.
- Emotional damage and post traumatic stress disorder.
If you spot a seemingly friendly dog, it is important to always ask their owner if it is ok to approach the animal. It can be difficult to tell when an animal can or will turn violent, so always exercise caution around unfamiliar dogs.
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