Sadly, every day about 1,000 people require emergency medical treatment in the U.S. as a result of dog bites. Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior and must maintain control over the animal. If a dog bites or otherwise attacks an individual, the owner is liable for the conduct of the dog. The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that there are approximately 4.5 million dog bite victims every year in the US. If you were bitten or attacked by a dog, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2016, costing more than $600 million. Dog Bite Liability by Insurance Information Institute, 2017
- In 2016, dogs attacked over 6,750 U.S. Postal Service employees -- over 200 more attacks than last year. The city of Los Angeles had the most attacks (80). United States Postal Service (USPS), April 2017
- Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected. Preventing Dog Bites, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2015
- In 2015, more than 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs. 2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2015
Liability for Dog Bite Injuries
In California, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for any injuries caused by their dog. The owner does not have to have knowledge that their dog had a propensity to bite or attack. California Civil Code, Sec. 3342 states, in part,
a) The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness…”
Call Us for a Free Consultation with a Dog Bite Lawyer in California
The key to recovering the proper amount of compensation for a dog bite injury is to hire an experienced and knowledgeable dog bite attorney. Johnson Attorneys Group has recovered more than $98.4 million in the past years for their injured clients and for the families of victims who were killed. You may be entitled to compensation for hospitalization, doctor visits, medical rehabilitation, pain and suffering, lost income and more. There are no up-front legal fees and no fees at all unless we settle or win your case. For a free consultation call the Johnson Attorneys Group at 1-800-208-3538.