Millions of innocent people are seriously injured or even killed by dogs every year. Most of these dog bite victims are children who may suffer a variety of injuries as a result of a dog attack. The most common dog bite injuries include:
● Brain injuries
● Permanent scarring
● Spinal cord injuries
● Nerve damage
● Psychological trauma
The attorneys at The Barnes Firm are experienced in handling dog bite cases, and our team can provide the answers and direction you need. Please call us or contact one of our California dog bite lawyers for a FREE legal consultation.
Child Bit By Dog
Dog bites happen to everyone, but the most common victims of dog attacks are children. What’s more shocking is where these attacks are happening: at home or the home of another family member. That’s why it’s important to teach young children, including toddlers, how to act around pets, especially those they are unfamiliar with.
● Approach a dog from behind
● Touch, or even go near a dog’s food bowl
● Pull on any part of a dog’s body
● Stare at a dog
● Put your face near a dogs mouth (no kisses)
Even when around dogs familiar to them, a person (adult or child) should always put their hand out first so the dog can sniff them.
It’s also important to educate children on what to do if they meet a mean dog. Here are some tips on what to do if you encounter a growling or barking dog:
● Remain calm
● Do not scream
● Avoid making eye contact with the dog
● Stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight
● Do not run under any circumstances
● If you fall, curl into a ball with your hands covering your head and neck
The Number of Dogs
In the United States alone, more than 54 million households claimed they owned at least one dog. In total, studies estimate there are nearly 80 million owned dogs in the country. While many of these dogs may seem harmless, animal experts warn dogs can be territorial, protective and sometimes vicious.
At The Barnes Firm, our California dog bite attorneys understand how deeply traumatizing a dog bite can be. We work tirelessly to get you and your family the most compensation possible after an injury or death.
Why Do Dog Bites Happen?
Approximately 500,000 people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year. Thousands of these bites require medical attention. Although it may be difficult to determine why a dog bites, veterinarians suggest a variety of factors could lead to maiming or death.
Possessiveness is the most common reason, as dogs may try to protect a toy, food, territory, or even another dog or human from unfamiliar people. They may also bite due to fear.
Of course, none of these reasons justify a dog bite.
If you were bitten on another person’s property, then that individual may be liable for your injuries. The California dog bite attorneys at The Barnes Firm will ensure that your family is fairly compensated.
What Kind Of Dogs Can Bite?
While any breed of dog may attack, statistically, some are more likely to exhibit violent behaviors than others. According to some sources, Molosser breeds such as Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, Boxers, and their mixes have caused 86 percent of recorded attacks that resulted in hospitalization. These breeds make up only 9.2 percent of the overall dog population.
Many communities today are overturning breed-specific legislation that banned these dogs in cities and neighborhoods. Some veterinarians suggest the dogs are not the problem: their owners are and urge pet owners to dedicate the time to properly train and care for a canine.
At The Barnes Firm, our California dog bite lawyers will hold those owners responsible for your injuries, and we’ll fight to get you and your family compensation for this traumatic experience.
Contact us online or call one of our California dog bite attorneys for a FREE case evaluation at 1-(800) 800-0000.