FAQ for Dog Bites Injuries
I’m Ed Smith, a Davis dog bite lawyer. Many people in California own dogs as pets and value them highly as companions and friends. However, every dog can be provoked and lash out under certain circumstances. Recent studies state that the number of serious and life-threatening injuries related to dog bites are rising in the U.S. Even though these injuries happen frequently, many individuals don’t know how to avoid a dog bite or what to do after one happens. Keep reading to learn essential information about dog bite injuries.
Does Insurance Cover Dog Bites?
Most often, dog bites are covered by either rental insurance or the insurance policy of property owners. However, how much money that the insurer will pay for the injury is not the same for every policy. In some serious injury cases, these policies won’t pay out enough money to entirely cover medical expenses as well as lost income, therapy costs, loss of quality of life, and other damages related to a dog bite. In some cases, the policy will even exclude injuries caused by specific dog breeds.
Usually, insurers will try to pay out the smallest sum of money they possibly can. Having an experienced dog bite lawyer to represent you can help ensure that you are paid the amount that you are rightly owed for damages you have suffered.
What Breeds Most Often Bite?
Every dog can potentially bite and, in same cases, even attack people that they know. However, research shows that some dog breeds exhibit aggressive behavior more often than others and are more likely to bite. Dog breeds that have been shown to have a higher rate of causing bite injuries include the following:
- Chow Chow
- Dogo Argentino
- Pit Bull
- German Shepherd
- Alaskan Malamute
- Great Dane
- Siberian Husky
What Kinds of Injuries can Dog Bites Cause?
Dog bites usually affect the extremities, but can also injure the face, neck, and torso. Facial dog bites injuries are typically the most difficult for doctors to treat and can cause lasting emotional effects as well. Other serious injuries that are associated with dog bites include:
- Puncture Wounds
- Tissue Loss
- Crush Injuries
- Bone Fractures
Can I Sue?
California law holds dog owners under strict liability for injuries their dogs cause regardless of whether or not the attack occurs on public or private property. However, in cases of bites that take place on private property, an injured person must have been given implied or expressed permission to enter. However, injured parties do not need to establish negligence on the part of the liable party, unlike most personal injury claims.
These laws don’t apply for dogs that are used by government officials such as military personnel or police officers. To learn more about your options for recovering financially, contact an experienced California dog bite lawyer.
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Davis Dog Bite Lawyer
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