Dog bite incidents affect millions of people every year. Nearly five million people report injuries from dog bites every year, and many more incidents go unreported. Hundreds of thousands of people require emergency room treatment for dog bites; and the most severely injured are often children. Unfortunately, because children’s faces are typically dog-height, many children suffer lasting facial scarring and injuries. The most severe dog bites may require extensive surgery and may cause lasting consequences.
California law holds dog owners responsible for dog bite attacks. Whether you or a loved one was injured by a dog running loose, a dog at the park, or a dog on the leash on the sidewalk, the owner is considered the liable party for a dog bite attack. The dog owner’s homeowners insurance should pay your medical bills and other costs associated with the dog bite attack. Dog bites may leave lasting psychological damage, too, and may require counseling or other treatment beyond immediate medical attention. If you were recently involved with a malicious dog bite, you can turn to the San Diego dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Philip M. Cohen for help with any litigation.
Identify the Dog and Seek Medical Treatment
When you’re injured in a dog bite attack, you should first attempt to identify the dog. If the owner is present, find out if the dog is vaccinated and get the owner’s information. If you’re attacked by a stray dog or no owner is present, you may need to undergo a painful series of rabies vaccinations.
Seek immediate medical treatment for dog bite incidents. Dog bites often become infected because of the bacteria contained within a dog’s mouth, and an immediate course of antibiotics can help negate this infection. Dog bites may also cause lasting, long-term damage, such as nerve damage or substantial scarring.
After you’ve undergone treatment and are physically safe, you may need to contact dog bite lawyers. The San Diego dog bite lawyers at the Law Offices of Philip M. Cohen A.P.C. have over 90 years of combined experience and we know how to proceed with a dog bite injury case. Whether you’re having trouble with the insurer or haven’t even gotten that far, we can help. Call us today for a free consultation.