Dogs are supposed to be our best friends. They are furry, friendly, and provide companionship. Some dogs become family members, but despite dogs taking on person-like characteristics, they are still animals that can revert to their animal instincts and attack on a moments notice.
Dog bites and attacks can be extremely painful both physically and emotionally. Even a small dog can cause severe injury to an adult and especially to a child.
Dog attack injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Torn or severed tendons
- Broken bones
- Detached muscles and flesh
- Facial and other scarring
- Crush injury
- Head and brain injury
- Infection, such as rabies
- Psychological trauma, including PTSD
- Falling injuries
- And others
Dog bites can occur when the dog’s owner mistreats their dog, turning it into a desperate, aggressive animal that is poorly socialized. Dog attacks may also occur if you try to protect your smaller dog when a bigger dog tries to attack it. And in some cases, dogs might bite when they mistake friendly play for something more serious.
Another category of dog bite injuries arise when police dogs attack. In one such instance, we were able to favorably resolve a case against the City in which our client was asleep in his bedroom when the police entered in search of a suspect and released their dog. When the dog attacked our client, it nearly ripped his upper arm off.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or attack, the following steps should be taken:
- End the attack and get to a safe place
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Report the attack to Animal Control or local police
- Determine the owner of the dog
- Photograph and document your injuries
- DO NOT speak to the dog owner’s insurance company
By engaging a powerhouse law firm like The Dominguez Firm, however, our dog attack lawyers will help you with all of these items and make sure all of your legal needs are met. Dog bite cases are complex and often include questions of insurance, dog ownership, dog residence, negligence, strict liability, and premises liability. Moreover, while dog owners are charged with the duty to pay for injuries that their dogs cause under Civil Code section 3342, that doesn’t mean the insurance company won’t try to blame you, the victim, for either provoking the attack or trespassing. This is why it’s so important to have us in your corner to fight for your rights.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or dog attack, do not hesitate to call us at 800-818-1818 for a free consultation with a dog bite lawyer to discuss your incident and the necessity of filing a dog bite lawsuit. If there is no recovery, there is no fee!