A dog can be the most loyal companion you know. To your friends, you family, and loved ones, a dog can be a source of comfort and safety. However, dogs are also capable of causing great harm to people. No matter how docile or well-trained a dog is, they can show sudden aggression to strangers or even people they know. This can lead to serious injury, and even death. You could be enjoying a walk at Atherton Park when an owner suddenly loses control of their aggressive dog and rushes at you. One of your children could find a stray dog near the Pulliam Elementary, and be attacked without provocation. We at Penney & Associates understand how traumatic attacks by dogs can be on victims and their families. Our lawyers are ready to take on any Stockton dog bite injury case, and bring you the compensation and peace of mind you deserve in the wake of these life-changing events.
Major Stockton dog bite injury events
Stockton residents who follow recent news will find the city has been in the headlines for dog attacks. In 2014, a mentally disabled citizen was attacked by a police dog. The victim suffered severe cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds all over his body. The case was settled in June 2016, with the city paying $307,500 in compensation.
Earlier in the same month, another Stockton dog bite injury event lead to the death of a 43-year-old man. Deputies arrived to find the man suffering from mortal injuries after being attacked by a pitbull. The dog was shot and killed by the officers after it was determined to be too aggressive and dangerous. The victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The dog’s owner was a friend of the victim, showing that even those familiar with an animal or its owners cannot be guaranteed total safety. A Stockton dog bite injury victim can be an owner, a friend of the owner, or even a complete stranger.
Dog bite injuries are a serious concern
Information across multiple studies show that dog bite injuries across the United States are frequent occurrences. The CDC conducted surveys from 2001 to 2003, and concluded that nearly 4.5 million Americans suffer from dog bite injuries every year. This number has grown to 4.7 million. Over half of these victims are children.
The U.S. Postal Service reports on dog attacks every year, as they are a major concern for mail carriers. In 2014, they reported 5,767 attacks on carriers. In 2015, that number rose to 6,549.
The number of victims is not the only thing growing per year. Victims suffer $1 billion dollars in monetary losses due to dog attacks. This includes insurance and medical treatment costs.
If you are a Stockton dog bite injury victim, Penney & Associates is here for you
In 2014, California lead the United States in the amount of compensation paid to dog bite injury victims. Over $63 million dollars in settlements went to Californians. A statutory strict liability state, California’s dog bite statue makes owners liable for any dog bite from the moment their ownership of the animal begins.
What this means for victims is that we, and the law, are on your side. If you are a Stockton dog bite injury victim, contact Penney & Associates. By providing an experienced lawyer with detailed information about the attack, and the injuries you have suffered, they can determine whether or not this is a case to pursue. Do not hesitate when dealing with a dog bite injury. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner you can reach a fair settlement that will bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones, and relieve the financial burdens that a dog bite can bring.