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Dog Owner Liability

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Dog Bite Lawyer. I spend a great deal of time helping people who have been injured due to dog bites, attacks and other issues related to pet ownership. This perspective allows me to examine some of the risks associated with pet ownership, discuss the legal extent of dog owner liability, and to point out some of the numerous factors worth considering before deciding to own a pet.

Adopt a Friend, Save a Life

Childhood Dog Bite Prevention

Childhood Dog Bite Prevention

Childhood Dog Bite Prevention

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Dog Bite Lawyer. There is no way to perfectly ensure complete safety for children around our canine friends. Our goal is to regularly remind folks of some common childhood dog bite prevention tips.

Dog Bite Victims

Dog Bite Victims

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento dog bite lawyer.  Dog bite victims describe an attack as a terrifying event. Experience has shown us that an angry or frightened dog can do serious damage when it bites a human being. Please know that if you’ve been recently attacked, you’re not alone.

Homeowner’s Insurance Liability Claims

Boy Dies After Violent Dog Bite
Boy Dies After Violent Dog Bite Attack

I’m Ed Smith. I am a Yuba County Dog Bite Lawyer. A child lost his life at the tender age of 9-years-old in a heartbreaking tragedy. According to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office the boy died of wounds he received after being attacked by three pit bulls belonging to his sister.

Where Did This Happen?

Many people are familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) as a condition caused by repetitive stress injuries such as working with vibrating tools, heavy manual labor, and even less impactful but repeated movements such as typing. Within these categories, carpal tunnel syndrome is often a workplace injury. What is less well known, however, is traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome that can be triggered by a single injury to the hand or wrist from an event such as a motor vehicle collision, a sports injury, or a slip-and-fall injury.

traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome in general results from compressing the median nerve where it passes through the wrist in the passage known as the “carpal tunnel.” This compression of the nerve can result in pain, tingling (paresthesias), and numbness in the fingers — thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger — and parts of the hand that are served by the median nerve, and in chronic or severe cases even much more serious symptoms such as muscle wasting. (There are also some non-trauma causes of CTS including arthritis, diabetes, certain drug reactions, or growths within the wrist — these can cause the same pressure on the median nerve that is associated with single traumatic and repetitive injury causes.)

Traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome — as well as the non-traumatic versions — is generally diagnosed based upon the reported symptoms and certain classic “signs” for the disease. Phalen’s Maneuver, for example, involves flexing the wrist and holding it in position — when pain or numbness appears within one minute in the fingers innervated by the median nerve, it is considered a positive sign, and the fast the symptoms appear the “more positive” the result is considered to be. Another test involves Tinel’s Sign in which the skin is gently tapped over the ligament band that forms part of the carpal tunnel. If this produces pain or tingling in the fingers of the median nerve distrution, the test is positive. Electrodiagnostic testing that examines the conductivity of the median nerve may often be used to confirm a suspected case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

With Elk Grove’s upcoming Dog Days of Summer Picnic 2015, it’s important to keep the following ordinances in mind for the safety of  everyone who attends:

Animals Must Be Licensed

Failure to license an animal in Elk Grove could result in fines and fees up to $500.00.

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A recent study revealed California has largest number of dog bite claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute.

The number of dog-bite claims nationwide decreased by 4.7 in 2014, however, the average cost per claim increased by 15% from last year. The average cost per claim nationally from 2003 to 2014 has increased more than 45%. The increase in costs per claim over the years is attributed to higher medical costs, larger settlements and awards to victims.

Despite the decrease in dog bite claims nationwide, the study noted that California continued to have the largest number of claims at 1,867 with an average claim cost of $33,649 and a total value of $62.80 million in claims paid out in 2014.

dog.bite.preventionIt’s National dog bite prevention week, May 17 – 23.

The CDC reported 4.5 million people in the U.S. were bitten by dogs last year.  Most dog attacks happen to children, the elderly and postal workers.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring National Dog Bite Prevention Week to help stop dog bites by educating the public about dog behavior and pet ownership. Information provided on dog bite facts and prevention can be found here.

Dog attacks most frequently occur on small children, the elderly and Postal Service carriers. Dog bites to postal workers continue to rise every year. The USPS reported 29 postal workers were attacked while working in Sacramento county last year.

A total of 5,767 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year. Eighty cities comprise the top 30 rankings.

California has 9 cities in the top 30 rankings as follows:

If you were bitten by a dog and don’t know who owns the dog, contact animal control as soon as possible and file a report. You will be required to give them a description of the dog so that they can try to identify the dog and locate the dog’s owner.

Every year approximately 4.7 million people in the U.S.A. are bit by a dog. Most people are bitten by a dog that is owned by either a family member, friend or neighbor.  Others are bitten by a stray dog or a loose or lost pet.

The following steps will help increase your change of finding the owner of the dog that bit you:

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