There are many different reasons a person may end up in an emergency room in California but not all of those potential causes are on the rise. Dog bite attacks are. This is true throughout the United States but is especially true in California. Keep reading to find out why this is and what you can do about it. Then reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
Dog Bite Attacks Are on the Rise
In the past decade, there has been a shocking rise in the number of dog bite injuries throughout the state, according to records from emergency departments. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development found that there were nearly 190,000 instances of people going to the emergency room due to dog bites within a five year period. This is nearly 50,000 more than in the previous five-year study completed.
Interesting Statistics About California Dog Bites
The study showed some additional interesting information. For example, more than three out of four animal bites that were treated in emergency rooms around the state were caused by domestic dogs. There were three breeds most commonly reported as biters: Pit bulls, German Shepherds or shepherd mixes, and chihuahuas. The age demographic most likely to be bitten by dogs is children aged one to six.
Do You Know the First and Most Important Thing to Do After a Dog Bite?
If you or a loved one is injured by a dog, do you know the first and most important thing to do? Seek medical attention! Even if the injury seems minor, a dog bite that is left untreated can become infected and could even be fatal. Additionally, if you have grounds for a dog bite lawsuit, you will need medical evidence of your injury in order to recover compensation.
If You Were Bit by a Dog Then the Owner is Likely Responsible for Your Damages
Unless you were trespassing, were provoking the dog, or were attacking the dog’s owner, it is likely that the owner of the dog is responsible for any injuries its dog was responsible for. All you have to do is prove they owned the dog and prove your injuries and damages. In some cases, a third-party can be held accountable as well, if they were responsible for the care of the dog at the time of the bite.
Contact an Experienced Attorney if You Have Been Injured by a Dog Bite
If you have been bitten by a dog then we strongly recommend you contact a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can begin the process wit ha free legal consultation. Just call us at 800-333-0000 and we will carefully consider your case. Now is the time to find out what your long-term options are.