Have you or a loved one been attacked by a dog? If the answer is yes, then you know just how traumatizing this type of event can be. Treating dog bites can be both extensive and expensive, depending on the severity of the wound. So, along with the physical and psychological damage that victims endure, the financial effects can also be devastating in a number of ways.
Suffering a dog attack can be a traumatic experience that leaves you with both physical and emotional scars. Fortunately, you do not have to suffer dog bite injuries in silence. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have the right to take legal action through the civil court system in California.
Children, especially young children, tend not to have a healthy fear of, well, much of anything. For instance, they see a dog and want to play with it and pet it, and they often have no idea how dangerous dogs can be. Even the nicest dog can turn and bite when inadvertently provoked. When a dog does bite, the injuries to children can be devastating.
The tendency for many stores in California to be "dog friendly" can have an unfriendly effect on public safety. Innocent shoppers can become the victims of attacks from animals their owners fail to control.
Generally, yes, under California's dog bite statute, dog owners are absolutely responsible for any injuries caused when their dogs bite, even if the dog in question has never been violent before.
Even though California has many laws - and several court opinions - that say owners of dangerous dogs may be criminally liable if their dogs attack or bite others, the truth of the matter is that dog owners rarely face criminal charges.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in the United States. While that number is certainly staggering, another equally concerning statistic reported by the ASPCA is that roughly half of all dog-bite victims that seek medical attention are actually children.
Even though most people would like to believe their dogs would never bite an innocent person, the truth of the matter is dog attacks occur all the time - and often involve dogs that have never shown signs of violence.
In many cases, yes, homeowners' insurance will cover injuries caused by dogs, including dog bites and attacks.
In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs May 17-23, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently released a list of the top 30 cities for dog attacks among postal workers and letter carriers. In total, 5,767 postal employees were involved in dog attacks last year.