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Taking Action About Dog Bites

Posted on: July 13, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that every year, about 4.5 million people in the United States suffer dog bites. About half of the hound bite victims who require medical attention are children. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a hound bite in southern California, speak about the injury promptly with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. One southern California community is getting tough about protecting its residents from dogs that bite. The La Quinta City Council will consider an ordinance requiring that any dog that bites a human be euthanized, regardless of its size or whether it’s the first attack. Exceptions would be allowed only if the dog was provoked or was attacking an intruder.

La Quinta City Council members are considering a number of other updates to the city’s animal ordinances, most of which haven’t been changed La Quinta was incorporated in 1982. The council may also forbid dogs labeled “vicious and dangerous” in other jurisdictions from being brought into La Quinta. In the last fiscal year, dogs reportedly bit 23 people in La Quinta, and about half of those hound bites were deemed “vicious.”

If you are a hound owner in California, you may have to sign a liability waiver for hound bites in order to obtain homeowner’s insurance, or you may have to enroll your hound in obedience training classes. Dog bites can result in amputations, disfigurement, and serious, long-term psychological damage. If you or someone you love is a dog bite victim, now or in the future, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and receive compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, and any other expenses related to the dog bite injury. If you become a dog bite victim in Los Angeles County or anywhere in southern California, arrange immediately to speak with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.

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The Dogs Are Biting In California

Posted on: April 10, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Dog bites were responsible for 42 deaths in the U.S. last year, and 2015 has started with a number of dog bite incidents in California. If you’re bitten by a dog in California because the dog’s owner was negligent, you have the right to be reimbursed for your medical treatment and other injury-related expenses. If you or your child becomes a dog bite victim, speak at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney as soon as you’ve obtained medical treatment.

An 86-year-old woman was attacked by a hound in January in Rancho San Clemente. She is recuperating from facial surgery. In February, the 4-year-old son of a Rialto police K-9 handler had his left leg amputated just above the ankle after the dog attacked the boy at their Hesperia home. In March, a woman was attacked by her own pit bulls in Placentia and taken to Placentia-Linda Hospital with severe bite wounds. Also in March, a woman in Contra Costa County was attacked by her family’s own pet pit bull and flown by helicopter to the trauma center at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.7 million dog bites are suffered every year in the U.S. Over half of the victims are children. In the worst cases, hound bites cause disfigurement, amputations, and long-term psychological damage. While there may be little you can do if your own dog bites you – other than seeking immediate medical treatment – if you or your child is attacked by another person’s hound in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and receive compensation for medical treatment and related expenses. If someone in your family becomes a dog bite victim, contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.

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Cat Bites, Dog Bites, Your Children, And You

Posted on: March 23, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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We all know about dog bites and the dangers associated with that kind of an injury – scarring, infections, and even rabies. Although cat bites are less frequent than dog bites, many cat bites cause serious injuries and require extensive surgeries to repair damage to tendons, tissues, and ligaments. Even a deep scratch can lead to a severe infection that must be treated immediately. If you are the victim of a cat attack, a dog bite, or any other animal attack in the Los Angeles area, discuss your legal rights and options as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that rabies among cats is on the rise. While dogs have historically been linked with rabies transmission to humans, cats are now more likely to be reported rabid. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from rabies is to vaccinate your pets, avoid any direct contact with unknown animals, and teach your children the same rule.

In most circumstances, a pet’s owner is legally responsible if the pet injures you, although that protection may not hold up if you provoked the animal, for example, or if you were trespassing or committing a burglary. If your child is attacked by a stray animal or any animal that cannot be located, you may still have legal recourse if your child was in the care of a babysitter, daycare center, camp, school, or other supervision that may have been negligent. Don’t brush off any animal bite. Both dog bites and cat bites can quickly cause infections if not properly treated at once. If a dog or a cat injures you or your child in Los Angeles County, don’t wait – speak immediately with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.

CHILDREN SUFFER THE MOST

Posted on: March 13, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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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.

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WHEN DOGS BITE

Posted on: January 9, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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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.

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