Nearly five million people are bitten by dogs each year, and nearly 800,000 of those victims require medical care with 300,000 requiring hospitalization. Dog bites and attacks are harrowing, traumatic events, and children are very much at risk. Larger, more aggressive dogs can cause very serious injuries, including broken bones, lacerations or cuts that can result in amputation of a limb and occasionally wrongful death.
Dog Bites Occur When:
- Trespassing on privately owned property.
- Provoking, harassing or teasing a dog.
- Walking or riding bikes through neighborhoods.
Dog owners are usually responsible for dog bites and can help prevent them by neutering their pets, treating them humanely, and obeying all restraint and containment laws. Potential victims can reduce their chances of being bitten by being cautious around unfamiliar dogs who act aggressively. They should teach their children to avoid strange dogs.
Did You Know?
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Humane Society of the United States, that nearly 5 million dog bites that occur every year in the U.S., result in approximately 16 deaths.
- Dog bite accident rates are highest for people between the ages of 5-9, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the amount of hospitalized dog bite victims in America, doubled ovr a 15-year time span. The average cost of a dog bite injury requiring a hospital stay was nearly $18,200.
- There were nearly 4 times the amount of dog bite-related emergency room visits and nearly 3 times as many hospital visits in the areas of the U.S., compared to the urban areas.
If you’ve received a dog bite or suffered an attack you should first determine if medical treatment is required. Wash the area gently, but thoroughly, with soap and water and apply pressure with a clean towel to stop the bleeding. Apply a sterile bandage and elevate the limb above the level of your heart to reduce swelling and prevent infection. Report the bite to animal control officers or the police, and apply antibiotic ointment twice daily.
If possible, you should attempt to identify the owner of the dog. If you’ve been bitten by a wild or stray dog, painful rabies treatment may be required. Within days of the bite, you should Contact an experienced Dog Bite Lawyer. Any Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer at Injury Help Finder is very qualified to assist you receive compensation for lost wages and any pain or suffering you’ve experienced and reimbursement for medical expenses including cosmetic surgery.
If you’re contacted by the owner’s insurance company, you should get the name of the company and the insured party, the claim number, and telephone numbers and addresses for contact. You should not discuss money or anything relating to the settlement, nor accept any payment or discuss responsibility until you’ve spoken with a lawyer.
We Will Help You
- Pay for medical stays
- Recover from pain
- Receive appropriate treatment
- Gain compensation for lost wages and time spent recovering
Every Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer at Injury Help Finder will fight to insure that you receive the highest possible settlement. We’ll negotiate the settlement with the insurance companies, allowing you the chance to recover and will make sure that your medical care is complete.