Was Your Child Bitten By a Dangerous Dog?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately
4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with one in five dog
bite injuries (approximately 885,000) requiring medical attention. The
CDC reports that in 2006, more than 31,000 people had to undergo reconstructive
surgery as a result of being bitten by a dog. Unfortunately, those at
the greatest risk of being bitten or attacked by a dog are young children
between 5 and 9 years of age.
If your child has been bitten by a dog, we urge you to contact a personal
injury lawyer from Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. as soon as possible. In the
United States, dogs reside in 1 out of every 3 homes according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making people living with
dogs 5 times more likely to get bitten than those living without dogs.
Because children often live with dogs, and because they often frequent
friends and relatives' homes that have dogs, they are at an increased
risk of being bitten.
Contact our personal injury attorney in Orange County for assistance today.
Children's Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites and attacks can cause serious and sometimes permanent
catastrophic injuries to the victim. When the accident victim is a child, then the emotional
and physical scarring can be life-altering, potentially causing permanent
disfigurement, or in the worst cases such attacks can lead to the
wrongful death of the child.
Dog bites can lead to a host of injuries for the child including but not
limited to the following:
- Puncture wounds
- Soft tissue damage and/or loss
- Fractured bones
- Disfigurement (especially to the head and face)
- Infections such as rabies, cellulitis and C canimorsus infections
Due to their small stature, children typically sustain injuries to the
head, face, neck and throat in a dog bite or attack; therefore, children
who receive dog bite injuries to the face should be examined for any nerve
damage or facial fractures. Dog bite injuries can easily lead to painful
lacerations and puncture wounds; however, in more serious cases they can
result in fractures, serious infections, disability, disfigurement and
death, especially in small children.
We Can Help You Pursue Fair Compensation
There are many different types of insurance policies that cover dog bites
and attacks including: renter's insurance, homeowner's insurance,
auto liability insurance, umbrella policies, dog owner's insurance,
and professional insurance. Also, if the child was bitten on commercial
property such as at a store or business, their injuries should be covered
by the commercial liability insurance held by the property owner, or manager
of the property. If the liable party doesn't have any applicable insurance
coverage, then they would be personally responsible for any damages incurred,
providing the dog didn't bite because of an intentional act or provocation
from the victim.
Under California dog bite law, dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries
their dog inflicts on other people, regardless of the dog's prior
history of biting or viciousness. It's not uncommon for a child to
be bit an animal belonging to a friend, a neighbor, or even a family member;
however, this shouldn't stop you from seeking compensation. Dog owners
are responsible for their dog's actions and behavior, and they have
a duty to keep others safe from harm. If your son or daughter has been
bitten by a dog, please contact our personal injury lawyers in Orange
County at once.
Contact Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. for legal assistance in a dog bite case.