Dog bite victims in southern California have the right to recover medical expenses and other injury-related damages when an injury is caused by a hound owner’s neglect or carelessness. If you are injured by a dog, or if your child is injured by a dog, speak at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. Dog bites to the face are a relatively common injury in young children; according to a report last year in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, these bites often require repeated plastic surgery procedures to deal with persistent scarring.
In the study, Dr. Barry L. Eppley of Indiana University reviewed his treatment of 105 children – their average age was six – who suffered hound bites to the face, scalp, and neck from 1995 through 2005. The patients were about equally divided between girls and boys. In 95 percent of cases, the dog was known to the patient and family – belonging either to the family or to a friend or neighbor. In 90 percent of the children, the bites caused a combination of crush, laceration, and shear injuries. Some bites required skin grafting or other reconstructive surgery. One child developed an infection and one was left with permanent injury to the facial nerve.
In more than three-fourths of cases, the child underwent additional “scar revision” surgery in an attempt to improve the aesthetic results. About one-fourth of patients needed a second or even third surgery. About 885,000 people require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries each year, and roughly half of those needing medical attention are children. Worst of all, from twelve to twenty people die every year in the U.S. from dog bite attacks. If you or your child is the victim of a dog bite – now or in the future – in Pasadena, Los Angeles, or elsewhere in southern California, discuss your legal rights and options at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.