Dogs are a part of family life for many Americans. People of any age grow to treat their dogs as more than pets. They are companions for as long as they live, share our homes and neighborhoods with us. The traditional image of the dog is one of loyalty, of waiting at the door every evening for their master to return home. And yet, sometimes even the most loyal dog bites their master. Sometimes, a dog that is docile and friendly attacks a neighbor. In California, there are laws that require owners to maintain control of their animals. These same laws mean that they can be held responsible for when their pets attack others. Irvine dog bite injury victims should contact Penney and Associates for experienced legal representation.
Dog bite dangers
Every year, almost five million Americans are bitten by dogs. Researchers do not agree that certain dog breeds are predisposed to attacks. However, certain breeds are more dangerous than others. Certain breeds have the tools to cause serious harm. However, even small dogs can rip into the skin of a child.
Irvine dog bite victims could suffer from:
- Puncture wounds, shallow or deep
- Severe lacerations
- Facial disfigurement
- Nerve, tendon and ligament damage
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Rabies, or bacteria infection
The cost of treating dog bite injury differs from case to case. Depending on the severity, multiple surgical procedures could be necessary. If the dog was rabid, the necessary treatment and observation must happen. An attack that leaves a child terrified of all dogs could be treated with therapy. None of these things are cheap for most victims.
What to do after an Irvine dog bite injury
Medical attention for a dog bite is the greatest priority. Even for a dog you know and love, the risk of infection is too great to ignore. If it’s a stray dog, or a dog belonging to an owner who may not be present, contact your local Animal Control. If the animal is properly registered, they can determine if it has had up-to-date rabies shots. If the dog has escaped, they may be able to locate it.
Most importantly, if it is possible, get all of the information you can about the dog’s owner. If there are other witnesses, get their contact information. If the case needs to be brought to court, information will help your lawyer.
Penney and Associates has decades of personal injury experience!
Even with current legislation, an Irvine dog bite injury case requires a lawyer who is both knowledgeable and aggressive. Your insurance company will try to limit your compensation. The dog owner’s own lawyers will look for any way to place fault of the attack on you, the victim. And all the while you could still be dealing with the physical, emotional, and economic aftermath of the attack.
Penney and Associates have successfully fought personal injury cases for decades. We understand how devastating an Irvine dog bite injury could be for you and your family. Contact us today for a consultation, and start the process that will lead to the fair compensation, and peace of mind, you deserve.