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.