Dog Bite Attorney
Murrieta Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bite attacks are a serious problem throughout the country. The Centers for Disease Control reports that each year about 4.5 million people in this country are attacked or bitten by dogs. Over 800,000 are injured enough that they need medical treatment. California’s dog bite laws are complex, and if you have been injured and believe you have a case you should seek the assistance of a strong personal injury attorney who has experience in this area of law. The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have many years of experience successfully representing clients who have suffered what are at times serious injuries in dog bite attacks.
Dog Bite Statistics
While most dog owners would attest to the gentle nature of their pet, all dogs have the potential for biting a person if they feel threatened. A dog may feel that it is merely protecting its territory but the results can be catastrophic. Nearly twice per minute someone in this country sees a doctor for a dog bite. California has the dubious record of having the highest attack rate of any state. A particular problem is dangerous dogs. While there is much ongoing debate about the question of whether certain breeds are more likely to attack than others, statistically dog breeds such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, and German shepherds are much more likely to injure people. Approximately 84% of injuries are from such breeds. In California, alone, there were five deaths from dog attacks in 2013 out of 23 nationwide. All of these were attributable to pit bulls.
A sad aspect of dog bite statistics is that children between the ages of five and nine overwhelmingly are more likely to be attacked and injured. In most cases the child knows the owners of the dog. One factor that likely contributes to the percentage of children who are hurt is the fact that children are by nature curious and may take chances adults know better than to take. For instance, a child may wander too close to a Rottweiler that is chained to a tree.
California Dog Bite Law
If you seek out the assistance of an attorney to represent you in a dog attack claim, you will be asked questions to determine that nature of the attack. This is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that California laws on dog attacks differ depending upon how you are attacked. If you are knocked down and are injured as a result, the rule of negligence prevails, and you will need to show that the owner owed a duty of care that was breached, which in turn resulted in your injuries. This rule also applies if an individual other than the dog’s owner had possession of the dog at the time of the attack.
If you are bitten by a dog that was in the possession of the owner, the rule of strict liability prevails, which means that the owner is liable whether he was careless of not. An exception occurs when the attack occurs because the victim provokes the dog or was trespassing. There are no grounds for recovery in such situations.
Riverside County Dog Bite Ordinances
As mentioned, certain breeds are more likely to attack and cause injury than others. Section 6.16.030 of the Riverside County Code states that the owner of any dog that has been deemed to be dangerous will be issued an order to keep the animal in a restrained enclosure. A visible warning sign must also be placed on display. Failure to abide by the code may result in the animal being impounded and the owner fined.
What To Do If A Dog Bites You
If you are injured by a dog it is very important that you file a police report and then seek representation of a strong and experienced attorney. The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen have decades of success in helping injured clients gain compensation. Call today to arrange a complimentary consultation.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
25185 Madison Avenue, Suite A-101
Murrieta, CA 92562
Phone: (951) 691-1030