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Was Your Child Bitten By a Dangerous Dog?

Don't Wait to Seek Legal Representation

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 an Orange County 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.

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:

  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Soft tissue damage and/or loss
  • Fractured bones
  • Scarring
  • 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 by 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. at (888) 480-3883 for legal assistance in a dog bite case.

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