Whether or not you consider yourself a true animal enthusiast, it’s hard not to love a cute puppy. We’ve all, at one time or another, bent down to pet or cuddle a canine at a friend or family member’s home, in the park or even out on the street. Most likely, the pooch returned our affection.
But what happens when those interactions go wrong? Unfortunately, that’s not uncommon. Millions of people suffer dog bites every year across the country. The effects range from minor puncture wounds to severe injuries and psychological damage. The resulting medical costs can be relatively insignificant, but they can also be a significant hardship. Where can you turn if you’ve been bitten by a dog and need help paying your medical bills?
Turn to The Barnes Firm. With a team of lawyers specializing in personal injury cases and a successful track record that includes winning multi-million dollar settlements for injury victims in San Diego and all over the state of California, we’ve fought to get victims of dog bites the damages they deserve.
If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite, don’t wait. Call our dog bite attorneys in San Diego today.
Dog Bite Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites affect more than 4.5 million people annually in the United States, and at least 800,000 people have to seek medical attention every year to treat dog-bite-related injuries. If that information isn’t eye-opening enough, consider these statistics.
- More than 50 percent of dog bite victims are children
- Children rank first, and senior citizens second, in dog bite injuries
- For every five people bitten by a dog, one requires medical attention
- Dog bite injuries among children are most common during normal everyday activities
- The majority of dog bite incidents can be prevented
While dog bite incidents tend to follow certain patterns, they are also unpredictable. They can happen at random to people of all ages and can involve any breed of dog. Our San Diego dog bite attorneys see the unfortunate effects of these incidents all the time in our practice.
When you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, the last thing you’re thinking about is how much treatment will cost. You’re definitely not considering how to put together a personal injury case. It helps to know that our experienced injury lawyers are here to help victims of dog bites receive compensation for their injuries.
What to Do if You’ve Suffered a Dog Bite
As with any incident that causes an injury, it’s important to take proper action in the aftermath to ensure your or your loved ones’ safety.
Protecting yourself also means paying attention to details and gathering information, but the first priority should always be to care for bite wounds to prevent infection.
If you suffer a dog bite, follow these steps immediately.
- Treat the wound by pressing gently on it to stop any bleeding
- Wash the wound to flush out bacteria
- Wrap the wound with gauze or sterile bandages
- Take the bite victim to see a medical professional
- Follow the doctor’s instructions for aftercare and wound treatment to the letter
If possible, before leaving the scene of a dog bite incident, exchange contact information with the dog owner. As soon as you can, take a few minutes to jot down any details you remember about the incident, such as the breed of the dog. It will help to share these details both with the doctor and, eventually, a lawyer specializing in dog bite cases.
Put Our Dog Bite Attorneys in San Diego to Work For You!
After suffering a dog bite and receiving treatment, pursuing the owner of the dog to pay your medical bills is the next step. As you might imagine, that’s not always easy. California law holds dog owners responsible for the actions of their pet, and as long as the dog bite took place in public, or while you or your loved one was lawfully visiting private property, you’re entitled to damages.
That’s where our law firm comes in. Our attorneys handle dog bite cases throughout the San Diego metro area. Our injury lawyers welcome any opportunity to ease the pain and stress associated with dog bites.
At The Barnes Firm, we know that dog bites can happen anywhere and at any time throughout our area. Our San Diego dog bite attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to hear the details of your case and assist you in pursuing damages. The painful effects of a dog bite can linger for a long time, but with our law firm in your corner, your medical bills don’t have to be an ongoing burden.
San Diego Attorneys For Dog Bite Cases…and Much More
At the Barnes Firm, our attorneys handle dog bite cases in the San Diego area, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our law firm has been specializing in personal injury law for decades, and there’s no better place to turn if you’ve been involved in a car accident, a bus accident, a train accident, suffered a slip and fall at work, were injured at an amusement park, or are coping with any other kind of accident-related injury.
Our success in winning large settlements for our injured clients speaks for itself. We are a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor reserved for the country’s top trial lawyers, all of whom have won settlements of $2 million or more.
Let us devote that valuable experience to fighting for you. To schedule a free consultation with the San Diego area’s leading dog bite attorneys, call the injury lawyers at The Barnes Firm today.