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Lodi Dog Attack: Update and Reminders

I’m Ed Smith, a Lodi dog bite attorney. The dog involved in the attack on a woman and her grandchild in Lodi on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, has been contained. The devastating attack by this animal resulted in the two victims suffering traumatic injuries. The attack has also drawn attention to many issues surrounding dog bites, including injuries, recovery and owner liability.

We would like to commend the Lodi Police for their actions in limiting the potential damage this animal might have caused in the community. We also want to salute the heroic young man who intervened on behalf of the two victims with his skateboard. Although he played down his heroics, this young man was instrumental in limiting the severity of the attack and , possibly, preventing a dog attack fatality.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog Attack Lawyer
Dog Bite Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento dog attack lawyer. Nothing is quite as terrifying as a vicious animal attack on an adult except for when a young child becomes the victim of a dog bite injury. When this kind of tragedy happens, it is very important to seek immediate medical attention.

Lodi Dog Attack

Lodi Dog Attack

Lodi Dog Attack

I’m Ed Smith, a Lodi Personal Injury Attorney. Bertha Lopez and her family were out walking their two pet Chihuahuas, Dora and Powder, on the evening of Tuesday, June 21, 2016, when one of their beloved dogs was viciously attacked by a pit bull.

Stockton Fatal Pit Bull Attack

Stockton Fatal Pit Bull Attack

Stockton Fatal Pit Bull Attack

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Wrongful Death Lawyer. A man tragically lost his life Saturday after being viciously attacked by a pit bull in a Stockton neighborhood.

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.

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:

The most common dog bite injuries can be painful, require long recovery times, and be costly to treat. Some of the most commonly reported injuries that occur as a result of dog bites include:

Puncture wounds – These wounds, often caused by a dog’s teeth, tend to be deep and therefore prone to infection.

Facial scarring requiring reconstructive surgery – These procedures are costly and not always covered by insurance. In addition, injuries to the face often cause the victim to undergo emotional trauma.

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