If you or your child is the victim of a hound bite in southern California, discuss your legal rights and options immediately with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every year in the United States, more than 4 million of us sustain dog bites. More than 800,000 – half of them are children – require immediate medical attention after a dog bite, and between twelve and twenty people die each year in this country after hound bite attacks.
Dogs typically provide warning signs as they prepare to bite someone, and knowing the warning signs may help you to avoid injury. Usually, a dog will growl, bark ominously, and lift its lips. The dog’s body may go rigid and the hackles on its back and neck mat rise. Not every hound exhibits every warning sign, and some dogs in some cases will not show any. Small children suffer the most hound bites, so teaching your children about dogs that bite is an important safety measure. When encountering a dog you do not know, follow these suggestions:
• Do not approach the hound or make eye contact.
• Remain quiet and still. Don’t run or scream.
• Don’t try to pat the dog – especially on its head.
Teaching your child to ask the hound owner’s permission to approach and pet a dog can help to avoid dog bite injuries, and if you or your child become the victim of a hound bite, you may have legal recourse against the owner. If you file a personal injury claim, the dog’s owner may be ordered by the court to reimburse you for your medical treatment and any other expenses related to the hound bite injury. In Los Angeles County or elsewhere in southern California, after a dog bite, arrange to discuss your rights and options – which may include a personal injury lawsuit – with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.