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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.

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.

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.

In California, a dog bite victim may pursue legal action against the dog owner.   Discovery in a dog bite case is an important part of the victim’s case.  When an insurance company does not accept liability, an experienced dog bite attorney will need to carefully prepare the case proving liability and damages.  Discovery in a dog bite case commonly includes the following:

Utilizing Interrogatories

Can A Dog Bite Break Bones

Dog bites can cause significant injuries including fractures. Common places that a dog will attack is to the leg, face, hand or neck. Because a child’s head is close to the level of a larger sized dog, the head and neck are the most common place for a dog bite to occur.  The hands, arms and legs are typical places a dog bite occurs in older children and adults.

The forces of a dog’s jaw and teeth are so strong that it can often crush bones in these places. Fractures tend to be one of the most severe type of dog bite injuries because a victim often has puncture wounds from the dogs teeth that can become infected on the skin and in the broken bone.

What type of facial injuries can result from a dog bite?

Dog bite injuries to the face are commonly soft tissue in nature. Children are reportedly the most vulnerable target of these type of injuries from a dog bite. It is important to get early medical management of these type of injuries to prevent infection and for good cosmetic results.

Does a dog owners legal defenses hold up in court if their dog bite’s someone?

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In California, when a dog bite’s any person, the dog owner is held liable for any damages sustained by the victim. Edward A Smith Law Offices has handled hundreds of dog bite cases including cases in which the dog owner has attempted to avoid liability or decrease their share of liability using legal defense. In a dog bite case, a dog owner may be able to defend a claim or lawsuit by some of the following common legal defenses: