People who are attacked by dogs can experience serious physical injuries and emotional complications. These accidents often occur because of negligent or abusive animal owners who can be held responsible in a court of law.
Strict Liability Law in California
Millions of dog bite cases are reported every year in California. In holding parties liable, the state of California has instituted a “strict liability law.” This means that even if no previous incidents and/or occurrences involving the animal have been reported, the owner can still be held responsible.
Statistics compiled by The Centers for Disease Control revealed that most people who are attacked by a dog are related to or live close to the animal's owner.
Unfortunately, many dogs that attack people are likely to attack again, which greatly increases the danger of these accidents. It is important to remember that any type of dog can attack a person, but some of the most dangerous breeds of dogs include Akitas, Boxers, Chow Chows, Dalmations, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Huskies, Malamutes, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers.
Common Injuries Associated with Dog Bites
There are many serious complications that victims can experience due to dog bites. Some of the most common injuries associated with dog attacks include:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated bones
- Puncture wounds
What to do if Attacked by a Dog
If you are attacked by a dog, it can greatly reduce the resulting injuries if you know how to respond. You should make sure to call 911, wash the bite, determine whether the dog was vaccinated recently, and report the bite to local authorities. If you sustained serious injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a dog attack, call our office at (818) 740-2122 for a free consultation.