Dog Bite Lawyer in Lake Forest
Defending the Rights of the Victim
“Dog Bite Statute”
Civil Code Section 3342 provides that a dog's owner holds full liability for the injuries sustained from a dog bite that takes place in a public area, or a private area where the victim is lawfully present.
Under this statute, the vicious character of the dog, or the owner’s knowledge of such character, is irrelevant. One bite is enough to support liability against the dog’s owner. To successfully win a dog bite case, our Lake Forest dog bite lawyers must prove the following:
- The dog was owned by the Defendant;
- The injured person was bitten by the dog;
- The dog bite caused injury; and
- The injured person was in a public place, or lawfully on the premises where the bite occurred.
The most recent statistical analysis of dog bite injuries generated some staggering results. Below are some of the results:
- 68 million dogs were pets in the United States.
- 368,245 victims were treated for dog bite injuries.
- 42% of dog bites occur in children 14 years of age or younger.
- Over 300 people have been killed in dog attacks in the last 25 years.
- Rottweilers and Pit Bulls accounted for 60% of those fatalities.
- California is ranked first in the United States in fatal dog attacks.
- 4.5 million people (about 2% of the American population) are bitten by dogs each year.
- The most dangerous breeds (as related to dog attack fatalities) are Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Of those, Pit Bulls were responsible for twice as many fatal attacks as any other breed, followed by the Rottweiler.
Often times within the first days after an attack, important physical evidence can be lost and/or witnesses may become hard to find or forgetful. At the Law Offices of J. Christian Conrad APC, we will promptly investigate an attack to assess and determine who owns the dog, obtain photographs of the dog, and get the County Animal Control involved to ensure the dog has had the requisite rabies shots. We will analyze all the evidence and speak to witnesses while their recollection is still fresh.
If you have been attacked by a dog, you may have suffered painful injuries. The most common injuries in dog bite cases are puncture wounds, loss of fingers or toes, and debilitating flesh wounds leaving unsightly scars. Treatment often times requires skin grafting or scar revision treatment. These treatments can be lengthy and expensive. If you have suffered any injuries from a dog attack, you may be entitled to file a claim and recover the expenses associated with the injury, such as medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, disfigurement, or permanent disability experienced as a result.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury, call our Lake Forest dog bite lawyers at (949) 438-2660 to schedule your free consultation.