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Mendez and Sanchez -Dog Attack Injury Lawyers in Alhambra, California

Dogs bite approximately 5 million individuals a year in the U.S. Almost half of those injured are kids, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims. About 800,000 Americans each year seek medical attention for injuries from dog attacks, and 386,000 require emergency room treatment. Around 16 individuals die every year after being attacked by a dog. The CDC's numbers do not consider the psychological trauma of experiencing an animal attack.

It is a basic fact of life that dogs bite. This includes any dog of any breed. A dog bite can be anything from a nip to a traumatic attack that leaves a serious injury. A severe injury suffered in a dog attack is reason to hold the dog's owner responsible, and for the dog bite victim to seek compensation for all medical costs, pain and suffering and other damage resulting from the bite.

If you have suffered a severe injury or lost a loved one in an animal attack that took place in the Alhambra area or anywhere else in California, the personal injury lawyers at Mendez & Sanchez, want to help you.

Serious Injuries from Dog Attacks

A serious bite is not a playful nip or even a small injury that bruises someone who came into contact with a dog at the wrong time. A serious dog attack is one that consists of biting and scratching that results in significant traumatic injury, such as deep cuts, tearing, fractures or more. A serious attack by a dog can additionally result in significant emotional and psychological injury.

According to dog bite statistics from the CDC, roughly 885,000 dog bite victims every year-- or 20 percent of all of those who are bitten by dogs-- require medical attention for their injuries.

The most common victims are:

  • Kids ages 5-9
  • Elderly people
  • Post letter carriers

Dogs most often bite a person's arm, hand, leg, foot, head or neck, according to the CDC. Typical injuries in dog attacks include:

  • Cuts, bruises and scratches
  • Puncture wounds
  • Tearing (avulsion)
  • Dislocations
  • Bone fractures
  • Amputations
  • Crushing (head/ skull injuries)

DogsBite.org, a nonprofit, public education website concerning dangerous dog breeds, reports that serious dog attacks can cause acute injuries that can require $250,000 to $1 million in specialized medical care.

The CDC specifies that about 27,000 dog bite victims every year undergo reconstructive surgery. This might consist of skin grafting, tissue expansion and scar diminishment. A victim might require multiple procedures over many years.

Seeking Compensation After a Dog Attack

Dog bite victims may seek reimbursement to cover their:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost income and decreased earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological distress
  • Other related losses

Claims can be made against the dog owner and, potentially, a third party if that party's negligence resulted in the injury.

People that have been seriously injured by an attacking dog are entitled to compensation and should not hesitate to seek it via civil legal action and contact a dog bite attorney-- it will not come out of a friend or neighbor's pocket. The payment recovered in a dog attack case almost always comes from the dog owner's insurance, such as homeowners' insurance or business liability insurance.

The Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance report that dog bites made up more than one-third of all homeowners' insurance liability claim dollars paid in 2013 and led to more than $483 million in compensation for victims. The average payment for dog attack claims was $27,862.

An experienced lawyer can examine your dog bite case to determine whether the dog's owner is liable and determine the settlement you may be due for your injuries.

Many cases can be resolved through negotiations with the dog owner's insurance company. If a proper settlement agreement can not be reached, we would be ready to seek appropriate compensation for you in court.

Taking Action After an Attack

You can act to help yourself, a loved one or a friend that has been wounded by a dog bite. Here are some steps you should attempt to follow:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Any dog bite should be seen by a physician.
  • Immediately report the injury to the police and acquire a copy of the police accident report.
  • Get the name and contact information of the dog owner if possible.
  • Get the name and contact information of any individuals that observed the attack.
  • Photograph the animal that caused your injuries along with the location of the incident.
  • Photograph any visible injuries you have endured as a result of the incident with the animal.
  • Keep any kind of clothing that might have been damaged by the animal.
  • Save and, if possible, photograph any kind of property damaged by the animal.
  • Do not interact with the owner of the dog or the owner's insurance provider. If you accept any form of reimbursement, you might forgo your right to sue for additional damages.

Contact Our Dog Attack Attorneys

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack injury or other animal attack that caused serious injury or scarring, you have legal rights that deserve to be protected. Reach out to an Alhambra dog attack attorney at Mendez & Sanchez, immediately and arrange a free consultation.

We will provide a team of legal professionals, medical experts and investigators that are dedicated to your case. We can help you make informed decisions concerning your legal options. Our dog attack attorneys will work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

OUR PERSONAL INJURY AND ANIMAL ATTACK ATTORNEYS IN ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIA, ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY TO TAKE YOUR CALL. FOR A FREE CONSULTATION, CALL US ON (323) 838 - 1444 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MENDEZSANCHEZLAW.COM

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