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Dog Attacks on Children in California

Dog Bites Prevention Dog attacks on children in California still happen with far too much frequency. Dogs are an important and lively part of many families. Sadly, the companionship that pets provide can be lost forever when a dog mauls a child or visitor. Many people grow up with dogs and never have a problem, but that’s not always the case. Even a previously friendly dog can maul an unsuspecting visitor without warning. In these cases, children and infants are the most common victims. Kids are naturally attracted to soft, furry animals, but they don’t always have experience interacting with pets. Their small, fragile bodies are especially susceptible to injuries. Plus, children don’t fully understand the power of a dog’s jaws, sharp teeth and muscular body. The bottom line is that the behavior of kids and dogs doesn’t mix.

Dog Attacks and Injuries

According to official estimates, 68 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States. Each year, nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by domestic dogs according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly half of these victims are between the ages of 5 and 9. Most of the time, people are bitten by a dog that they have interacted with previously. Injuries can happen at your own home, in the park, in a backyard or at the home of a friend or relative.

Victims under the age of 4 are much more likely to be bitten on the head, neck or face than any other group. Older victims and adults are more likely to be bitten on the hand, arm, leg or foot. Frequently, dogs inflict deep puncture wounds and lacerations. When a child is involved, amputations and crushing injuries are more likely to occur. Many dog bite victims require reconstructive surgery to repair disfiguring facial injuries. A mauling is a physically and emotionally traumatic experience. It can leave you with permanent injuries, severe scarring, significant medical expenses and a lifetime of pain and fear.

Case Examples

California has a unique problem with dog bites and fatalities. In the past few years, multiple infants and youngsters have died after being bitten by family dogs. Dog ownership rates are about average, but the state has more home insurance claims for dog bites than any other. Furthermore, in 2013, the Golden State led the nation in fatal dog attacks with five deaths according to DogsBite.org. All of them were attributed to pit bulls.

In 2010, a 2-year-old from San Bernardino was fatally injured by his parents’ pit bull while playing in the backyard. In 2012, an infant in San Diego died after his head was crushed by a vicious bite from a pit bull named Zulu. In 2013, a 6-year-old boy from Union City died after his head was bitten by his uncle’s pit bull. Family members said he had been staying at the house and was very close to the dog.

In most cases, severe bites like these are inflicted by unneutered male dogs that have been bred for their aggressive behavior. Pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than all other breeds combined. However, unlike some states, California does not permit breed-specific legislation although it does support mandatory neutering programs for certain breeds.

Need for Quality Legal Representation if a Child in California is Bitten or Mauled by a Dog

If a loved one was injured in a dog attack, contact a California injury attorney today. Don’t rely on insurance companies to issue a fair settlement. You deserve to recover compensation for medical expenses, emotional trauma and all of your losses. An injury attorney can investigate the accident, check on the dog’s behavioral history and help prove your case in court. Our team of lawyers has represented many families whose children were bitten or mauled by a canine and who need medical help. Call our 24 hour/7 day a week CA dog injury hotline for further information: 866-966-5240.

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I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
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Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
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Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
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I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.