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Dog Bite Attorney in San Diego

Dealing with the Trauma After an Animal Attack

Like most cities in Southern California, San Diego has established specific dog parks, recreational areas, and beaches for dog owners. When someone becomes a victim of a dog attack, I understand how confusing or scary the event may be. As a San Diego dog bite lawyer, I know exactly what complications you may experience after sustaining a traumatic injury and I can represent you in your claim for damages.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that someone in the United States gets medical attention for a dog bite injury every 40 seconds. In addition to this, dog bites result in approximately 44,000 facial injuries each year. It isn't surprising to learn that most victims of dog bites or dog attacks with facial injuries are children since small children are about the same height as most medium-sized dogs. In fact, dog bites are among the most common injuries to children. Types of dog attack injuries could include bites, cuts, lacerations and scratches, or could even include to broken bones, serious brain injuries, and permanent scarring, both physically and emotionally.

California Dog Bite Laws

Most dog bites or dog attacks occur in highly socialized areas, not unlike dog parks, recreational centers, or dog beaches. The state of California has implemented strict laws in order to keep dog owners liable and responsible for their pets. Posting signage to enforce strict leash rules at parks and walking trails are examples of other attempts to prevent dog attacks. California dog bite laws are broken down into two statutes:

Strict Liability
According to California Civil Code 4 § 3342, "The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in public or lawfully in a private place." This essentially means that even though a dog may have been good natured or friendly its entire life but one day decides to bite someone, the owner could still be held liable.

Owner Duty
All dog owners have the responsibility to make sure their pets are trained, socialized, and domesticated. This includes keeping up with their dog's vaccinations, such as to eliminate the risk of rabies, and keeping their dogs on restrictive leashes in public areas to decrease the risk of attack. If a dog owner does not take these proper steps to reasonably prevent their pet from attacking other people, the dog owner can be held liable for negligence.

Assisting Dog Bite Victims in San Diego

In dog bite accidents, time is of the essence. In the most extreme of cases, you could be risking a rabies infection or other injuries that are life threatening in nature. There are a number of reasons a dog could bite or attack a person; however, at the Law Offices of Roy Kohler, it is my job as your San Diego dog bite attorney to determine why the attack wasn't prevented. If you or a loved one has been attacked or bitten by a dog, retain me as your dog bite lawyer immediately. Contact my law firm for a free case evaluation and let me help you get the compensation you deserve today.