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Getting bitten or attacked by a dog can be a traumatic experience, and unfortunately, it’s an event that happens frequently in San Diego. Home to pet-friendly beaches and parks, and graced with pleasant sunny weather most days of the year, it is unlikely for a person to not encounter a dog while out in the city. Despite our city’s public openness to dogs, animal bites happen all too often.
While dogs are man’s best friend, not every dog is friendly. Some dog bites are aggressive while others are defensive.
Dog bites can cause severe injuries. What is even sadder is that most dog bites are preventable. This is precisely why dog bite accidents and injuries are so heartbreaking to hear about. Generally, dogs that bite do so because they have been poorly handled by their owners. The dog may have been improperly or inadequately trained, neglected, or may be suffering from mental instability due to either current or previous abuse. It is rare for the dog to be at true fault in a dog bite incident. It is an owner’s responsibility to keep their pet fed, happy, and healthy.
Regardless of the cause of the dog bite, dog owners in California are held responsible for any injury arising from a dog bite. If you have been bitten by a domesticated animal in San Diego, you may be entitled to a legal claim against the responsible party.
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California Civil Code, Section 3342, says the burden of dog ownership falls solely on the owner. If a bite occurs, the owner needs to be held liable. Dog owners are responsible for the health, safety, and restraint of their pets. If you have been bitten by an animal, there are good chances that you have a strong case against the responsible party.
Whether a dog bite occurs in a public or private place, the burden of ownership still applies. Even if you are in someone’s home when you are bitten, the owner can be held responsible. In the event of a dog bite incident, you are entitled to file a claim whether or not the dog has a history of viciousness.
Dog bites can occur in many places. We have helped people who have incurred a dog bite injury in these circumstances:
Because of the many places that are dog-friendly, dog bites often occur in public places. We have experience helping individuals who have been bitten at the park, the beach, and even within retail stores. Even if you did not approach a dog in a public place and are bitten, you still have a case. If a dog attacks you, you can hold the owner responsible.
The nature of dog parks gives way for dog bites to happen, especially in cases where dogs may become aggressive with each other, owners may try to get between them. If you are bitten by someone else’s dog at a dog park, they are responsible for your injuries.
If you were bitten by a dog while at the home of its owner, you may have a case against the dog owner. Dog bites inside residential homes occur frequently. These attacks usually happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Usually, attacks are sudden and unexpected. Even if a dog bite occurs because an animal thinks that they are protecting their owner from visitors, the owner can still be held responsible.
Dog bites can result in a range of injuries and can even end up in wrongful death. We’ve helped people who have been injured by:
Dog bites can cause infection. Staphylococcus aureus, Pastuerella and Capnocytophaga are all strains of bacteria that can reside within a dog’s mouth and its saliva. Exposure to Staphylococcus aureus can lead to a MRSA infection (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Because MRSA is resistant to antibiotics, if not appropriately treated, infections of this type can lead to death. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, an infection due to Pastuerella is “potentially dangerous and can cause a chronic local infection of deep tissues and osteomyelitis,” or an infection of the bone. Capnocytophaga bacteria can infect bites and cause redness, swelling and pain.
Injured people often have to use antibiotics to treat their bites. Sometimes to prevent tetanus they are also given booster shots. According to the CDC, it’s rare for rabies vaccinations administered but may be necessary in some cases depending on the type of bite and the animal in question.
Injured people often report puncture wounds following a dog attack. Puncture wounds are wounds that have pierced the skin and can sometimes require stitches. Others may require hospitalization. In more severe attacks, puncture wounds can occur on the trunk of the body and even the face, neck and head, though it is most common in dog bite accidents for these wounds to occur on the hands, arms, and legs.
Many people who have been bitten by a dog report permanent scarring. Permanent scarring can last a lifetime. When scarring occurs on the face, victims have a visible reminder of the bite that does not go away.
Deep dog bites can affect the nerves. In severe cases, loss of feeling in the area around the bite can last a lifetime. Nerve damage that results in the loss of function in the extremities may require physical or occupational therapy.
Severe dog bite accidents usually occur from larger dogs that have extremely strong jaws. Bites from dogs of large breeds such as Rottweiler, pit bull, German shepherd and Staffordshire terrier, can result in deep bone damage.
Dog bites can also result in disfigurements. Surgery is sometimes necessary to tend to wounds with uneven and jagged tearing. Whether resulting disfigurement is a scar or as severe as amputation, the implications of a disfigurement injury are heavy and reach far deeper than the physical changes they cause.
More than 1.4 million dog bites are reported each year. Although any dog can bite – whether large or small – some breeds are more prone to aggressive attacks. According to the most recent data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other nonprofits, the most common breeds that attack include:
According to the most recent aggregated data collected from 2005 to 2017, pit bulls are by far the most dangerous dog breed. About 66 percent of all fatal attacks are caused by pit bull breeds. Each year there are countless headlines for wrongful death cases resulting from a pit bull attack. Pit bulls attacking children account for more than half of all bites.
Rottweilers are aggressive dogs with a strong desire to protect. About 10 percent of all fatalities occurred as a result of Rottweiler attacks, making Rottweilers the second-most common breed responsible for attacks.
Naturally a territory defender, it is not surprising that the German shepherd is the third-most likely dog breed to attack humans. Roughly 5 percent of all fatalities result from attacks by this breed.
Mixed-breeds of any aggressive terrier breed are the most likely to attack. These include mixed pit bulls and Staffordshire terriers. 4 percent of all bite-related fatalities are attributed to attacks by mixed-breed dogs.
According to the most recent data available, other common breeds responsible for dog attacks, in alphabetical order, include:
If you have been injured by a dog and you need the best legal representation available, call our dog bite attorneys now. We are available nights and weekends, and our lawyers are San Diego’s most trusted legal team in dog bite injuries.
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