In 2012, a toddler living in East Bay near San Francisco was attacked by their family dog, according to a report by the ABC News website. This incident isn’t isolated, though; neither does it happen only in San Francisco, LA, or Sacramento, but almost anywhere in the world. Nevertheless, a dog bite or pet attacks aren’t something to be ignored, as they carry along with them not only physical (and sometimes fatal) harm, but even psychological and emotional damage as well.
Big dogs like pit bulls and Rottweilers, which belong to the top most dangerous dog breeds based on bite fatalities, have some of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom, and they are often the most aggressive – and yet, they are only two of the hundreds of dogs roaming around the Sacramento area. Even if a dog’s bite doesn’t prove fatal, note that any open wound it caused will make you vulnerable to bacterial infection, or worse, rabies. Hence, it’s important to call up a reliable Sacramento personal injury attorney should someone’s pet bite you.
California law protects you in this light, since it dictates that dog owners have the fundamental responsibility of seeing to it that their trusted guard or furry companion doesn’t attack others and cause physical injury. Although you may not really want to sue the dog’s owner over the bite, you may have no choice especially when the costs involved in treating the bite and the losses you suffered are significant enough to warrant just compensation.
As per the report, the parents were arrested and charged with child endangerment as a result. If you too are a victim and you’re looking to charge someone for negligence over a similar incident, there are several reputable firms, such as Carter Wolden Curtis, LLP, which are ready to help you get the justice that you deserve. You need to make sure that you choose a dependable firm or lawyer, though, as an animal attack case can be quite an uphill climb.
You can be awarded by the court (given a conviction of the dog owner’s negligence) compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses directly stemming from the incident. Other damages that you can be eligible for include those for emotional distress and lost wages or time taken off from work for therapy and other medical procedures.
Your trusted Sacramento personal injury lawyer can help you get back on your feet after such a harrowing experience. Of course, dogs will always remain as man’s best friend as long as they are well-trained and kept under control.