According to the U.S. Postal Service, Los Angeles led the nation’s cities in dog bites in 2011. San Diego came in second. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that approximately 4.5 million of us are the victims of dog bites every year in the United States. If a hound bites you or a loved one, can you recover damages from the dog’s owner? In California, the answer is usually yes. If you are attacked by a dog in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, speak with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney as quickly as possible after receiving medical attention. Most dog bite victims have the right to be compensated for their medical expenses and related losses.
Dog bites can be tragic. From twelve to twenty people die in the U.S. every year from dog bites. Small children account for more than half of all hound bite victims. Dog owners have a legal duty to control their pets, and parents should instruct youngsters to avoid strange dogs and avoid provoking any hound. Amputations, disfigurement, and long-term nerve injuries and psychological damage can be some of the consequences of dog bite attacks.
In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and State Farm Insurance reports that nearly one in three of the homeowner insurance liability claims paid in 2011 were paid to the victims of hound bites. If you are a dog bite victim in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, now or in the future, discuss your case as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. The dog’s owner may be required to reimburse you for your medical care, lost income, and other injury-related expenses, but you have to take the first step and make the call.