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.