Current statistics make it clear that Americans love dogs. In fact, it's estimated that as many as 75 million dogs are now living as our household pets. While the vast majority of dogs bolster the moniker of ‘Man's Best Friend' with their conduct, some frightened or agitated dogs still seriously harm humans by biting them. When such situations develop, the injured individuals need to obtain the immediate help of experienced Sacramento dog bite lawyers.
The information we've set forth below illustrates how common dog bite attacks have become in the United States. You'll also find a brief discussion of the various liability theories that may be raised when someone is bitten by a dog. We hope you'll allow our experienced Sacramento dog bite lawyers help you obtain the complete justice you or your family members deserve should any of you ever be harmed in this manner.
United States dog bite statistics clearly indicate that we have an enormous societal problem on our hands. More than 4.5 million dog bite attacks occur in America every year. Furthermore, about 800,000 of these dog bites require medical attention. This means that more than 1,000 people a day are making trips to local emergency rooms after being attacked by dogs. Of those harmed, boys between the ages of 5 and 9 are the ones most likely to suffer injuries.
Generally speaking, dogs' owners are responsible for their pets' actions. Therefore, when a dog attacks a person, that injured person may be able to pursue legal remedies against the dog's owner. However, there are some exceptions to this legal theory. For example, you may not be liable to someone bitten by your dog if the injury occurred while that person was trespassing on your property or when your dog was rightfully defending its territory.
Dog owners must remain quite vigilant. For example, if your dog gets loose because of a faulty fence or leash, you can be found liable for the injuries inflicted by your dog on others. A person who's been bitten by your dog has the right to file a California personal injury lawsuit naming you as the defendant. If successful, a court can award that person financial damages against you. You can be required to compensate the injured party for their medical costs, lost income and their pain and suffering. Other types of damages may also be available, depending on the specific facts of the case.
If a dog has just seriously attacked you or someone you love, you need to focus all of your energies on healing and recovery issues. You need to hire experienced attorneys to handle all of the legal problems that now exist. Sacramento dog bite lawyers who've been handling serious personal injury lawsuits for nearly 20 years are the ones best able to protect your rights. Contact the Demas Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.