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Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer

Dogs are often considered “man’s best friend”. They are our companions, and part of our families. The reality, however, is that dogs are animals and they can be unpredictable. This unpredictability can lead to an  unexpected dog attack.

At Herrera Law PC, we have seen the effects of dog bites on the victims and their loved ones. When dogs attack, the result is physical wounds, but also emotional trauma. We have seen dog bite cases where the dog was a long-time pet, a neighbor, or a stranger to the victim. The reality is that when animal instincts kick in, even the most beloved pet can become dangerous.

Even the most well-trained, domesticated dogs can become aggressive if they are provoked. Dogs that have not been properly cared for are even more likely to become aggressive.

Dog Bites: More Common Than You Think

In the U.S., there are around 4.7 million dog bites reported each year. Of those, around 800,000 bites cause injuries serious enough to require medical attention. Dog bites most commonly cause injuries to the face and upper body. Estimates suggest that around 44,000 dog bite injuries each year are to the face – including the cheeks, lips, and nose.

Any dog can attack when provoked, but the most severe dog bite cases are those involving larger dog breeds. Breeds that are commonly involved in dog attack cases include:

  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Boxer
  • Doberman

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Dog attacks cause physical and emotional injuries. The most common physical injuries include:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Fractures
  • Dislocation (caused by pulling or wagging motions)
  • Contusions
  • Hematoma (blood clot)
  • Infection
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputation

Any of these injuries can be painful, and more severe injuries may require surgery. Some dog bite injuries also require ongoing treatment, or may cause permanent damage.

California Dog Bite Laws

California law has a “strict liability” policy when it comes to dog bites. That means that dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. Owners cannot dispute who was at fault for the attack or injuries, and are responsible for compensating the victim for damages. This may include compensation for:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Lost income associated with the attack
  • Lost earning capacity in the event of permanent injury or disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

The best way to find out how the law applies to you, and what compensation you may be entitled to, is to contact Herrera Law PC to speak with our dog bite lawyer about your case.

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