Preventing Dog Bites
Taking steps to prevent the painful and devastating injuries connected to dog bites is often overlooked. However, nearly 4.5 million dog bites take place each year in the United States. Let’s rephrase the previous statement, a person is bitten by a dog every 7 seconds. Of the nearly 4.5 million dog bite victims, 885,000 obtain medical treatment, with about 400,000 dog bite victims requiring emergency room treatment. Even worse, the vast majority of all severely injured dog bite patients are kids, who have a greater risk for bites on their head and neck.
Newborn Baby Killed by Family Dogs
A hot day in Fresno was where a newborn baby girl, only 3 days old, tragically lost her life when she was killed by her family dogs after her mother stepped away for a few moments. The mother had left the door open to cope with the heat. The mother assumed that the two dogs were in the backyard and tied up but they made their way in through the open door. The baby girl was left on the couch where the dogs made contact with her and took her life away too soon.
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:
Dog bites can cause significant injuries including fractures. Common places that a dog will attack are 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 body parts 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 they can often crush bones in these places. Fractures tend to be one of the most severe types of dog bite injuries because a victim often has puncture wounds from the dog’s 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?
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: