Each and every day, across the United States, as many as 1,000 people will require emergency care due to a dog bite injury. Those who are attacked by a dog could have extremely serious or even fatal injuries. Others could suffer severe disfigurement. Children are particularly susceptible to dog bites. Even minor dog bites can lead to long-term problems. After a dog attack, your best option is to contact Orange County dog bite attorney John Rapillo right away. Mr. Rapillo has more than years of experience fighting on behalf of injury victims. We offer a free consultation and only get paid if you win.
According to dogsbite.org, the following statistics represent dog attack deaths and injuries in the United States about 42% of the dog bites that occur happen to children 14 and under. Injuries from dog bites are highest among children between the ages of 5 and 9. This resource also reported that California has the highest number of dog bite claims.
In California, a civil claim may be filed against the owner of a dog when that dog causes injury to a person and when the injured person was either in a public place or was in a private place (lawfully) when the bite occurred.
The law also states that the injury in question must only be caused by a bite from the dog, rather than from other behaviors such as jumping on a person or scratching a person. If a dog has bitten a person in the past, then California Code places that dog owner on notice regarding future dog bites or attacks.
In addition, the dog bite statute states: “The owner of a dog that has bitten a human being shall have the duty to take such reasonable steps as necessary to remove any danger presented to other persons from bites by the animal.” There is one exception to the statute, which covers dog bites occurring while a dog is performing military or police work. In these cases, a person who is bitten by a dog is not normally allowed to sue for damages.
Because dog bite claims can be extremely complex, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who has dealt with dog bite claims. At Law Offices of John Rapillo, if we are unable to negotiate a settlement, we will recommend that you file a lawsuit prior to the time when your statute of limitations has run. We will investigate the facts of your case, determining who is liable for your dog bite injuries and will ensure your rights are protected at every turn. Call us at 949-675-5060.
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