Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans become the victims of dog bite injuries. The number sounds unbelievable but people do not realize how common - and severe - dog bites can be. Dealing with a dog bite injury is stressful and not everyone knows how to handle this situation. Here are some common questions that arise after an attack:
The Ellis Firm, because we represent victims of animal attacks, gets interesting questions from time to time. Here are a few:
Many of our readers may not know it, but animal bites are very common in San Diego and across the United States. Dogs, in particular, bite thousands of people nationwide every year. In many of these cases, the bite victim will suffer serious physical injuries. The worst of these injuries will require medical attention and may leave visible scars. Some victims of dog bites will rack up thousands of dollars in medical expenses having their injuries treated.
There are many different types of situations in which a resident of Southern California could suffer a dog bite. Sometimes it is a loose dog in the neighborhood, other times it may be a dog that has never been aggressive before, but that "snaps" in a particular environment. Most dog bites are difficult to foresee, but people in one particular profession have been dealing with aggressive dogs for many years -- postal workers.
In a previous post, this blog outline ways in which California residents can avail themselves of the use of the civil courts to pursue compensation if they are the victim of an animal bite. Dog bites, in particular, are often the subject of these types of personal injury cases. In fact, some reports state that approximately 90 percent of all animal bite cases involve dog bites. As was mentioned in the previous post, these attacks can leave a victim with serious injuries that can cause significant physical pain, scarring and, potentially, disfigurement.
Many California residents may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against another individual in order to attempt to receive compensation. Sometimes this can prove to be uncomfortable. However, civil courts in California and throughout the nation exist for the very purpose of compensating a person who has suffered economic damage due to the actions or inaction of another party. Animal bites are the perfect example.
Many of our readers may know someone who has been bitten by a dog. In some of these cases, the injuries sustained from a dog bite can be very serious in nature, leading to permanent disfigurement and extreme pain. Dog bites are the source of thousands of personal injury lawsuits throughout the country every year.
Some of our San Diego area readers may believe that if they suffer an injury from a dog bite that the owner of that dog is automatically responsible. And, in some cases, that is true. However, the circumstances in which the dog bite occurs can be an important factor in determining who is actually at fault, and in some cases there may be an applicable defense.
Most people generally like dogs, and many never even think about the possibility that they could be the victim of a severe dog bit injury. However, the fact is that every day in California there are probably a number of people who are injured by a dog bite, whether it is from their own dog or a dog that belongs to someone else.
San Diego is a city made for dog lovers. With an enjoyable climate year-round and numerous parks, trails and other places for dogs and their humans to enjoy, it is no wonder that so many San Diego residents often take their dogs with them almost everywhere they go. However, there is a potential downside to having so many dogs in one area, which is the fact that even good pets sometimes act badly. When a dog bites, jumps on or knocks over a person, serious injuries can occur, leaving the victim in a very difficult position.