Dog Bite Attorney
Modesto Dog Bite Lawyers
The Modesto Dog Bite Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are committed to representing victims who have been injured in dog bite attacks through no fault of their own. Our dog bite lawyers will fight aggressively to help our clients receive compensation to cover all losses, including: medical costs, wages, scarring, pain, suffering, emotional trauma, and more.
Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bites are a serious problem in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County. The American Humane Society reports that approximately 4.7 million people are injured in dog attacks each year. Nearly 750,000 of these victims, require medical treatment for their injuries. The majority of dog bite victims are friends or neighbors of the dog owners, and most attacks occur on or near the dog owner’s property.
California’s Laws on Dog Attacks
While Modesto has its own laws pertaining to the licensing and care of dogs, it relies on strong state laws which tend to protect injury victims. California is a strict liability state. This means that, unlike some states, there is no “one-bite” provision; rather, the laws of liability apply. In essence, a dog owner is responsible for any injuries suffered by another unless the victim is on the property illegally. Thus, a would-be burglar may not be able to gain compensation were he to hop the fence into a backyard and face a German shepherd bent on protecting its territory. Matters get more problematic, however, if a child climbs over this fence, unaware of his offense.
Dangerous and Vicious Breeds
§31602 and §31603 of the California Food and Agricultural Code respectively define dangerous and vicious dogs. It has become evident that certain dog breeds pose a greater danger than others and are more likely to attack unprovoked. Chief among these breeds are pit bulls, which are responsible for more than half of all dog bite deaths nationwide. Other breeds which proportionally are responsible for more deaths than other are:
The problem is especially serious in Modesto and Stanislaus County in general, as dog fighting has grown in popularity. For protection of property, many Modesto residents have opted to keep dangerous breeds on their property, and in some cases, even training them to be more vicious.
What Can Be Done
There are steps an individual can take to lessen the chance of being a victim of a dog bite attack. Let law enforcement know of any stray or loose dogs in your neighborhood. Keep your children from wandering near properties where dogs are kept. If you are attacked and injured, seek medical help right away, and then speak with a dog bite attorney.
Call a Modesto Dog Bite Attorney at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have over 25 years of experience successfully representing clients who have been injured in dog bite attacks. We will fight for you, and help you gain compensation for your medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain, suffering and more. Our Modesto office is located on the corner of Coffee Road and E. Rumble Road in downtown. If you are traveling to our office by bus, take Bus 32.
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