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California Leads the Nation in Lethal Dog Attacks in 2013

A dog may be a man’s best friend, but for certain breeds, such as the pit bull, they can become vicious and dangerous. The latest 2013 dog bite fatalities statistics show that dog attacks have killed 32 victims in the United States. Five of the 32 occurred in California, all of which involved pit bulls.

Other dog breeds that are similarly dangerous are Rottweilers, Bullmastiffs and German Shepherds. The victims of dog attacks were often visitors or people who were living temporarily with the dog’s owner.

Animal attacks are known to cause, among other injuries, severe neck and spinal trauma leading to death. Young children appear to be the most vulnerable as an astounding 83% of the fatal attack victims in 2013 were children aged seven years and younger. The frail elderly in our community are also at increased risk.

What to do when you or a family member is involved in a dog attack:

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Identify the owner of the animal or the person who controls the animal
  • Identify the liability insurance company
  • Document details of the incident: take pictures of the location of the attack, the dog that caused the injuries, the wounds inflicted, physical evidence that can prove ownership or control of the dog, etc.
  • Gather relevant information about the animal such as breed and owner
  • Write down names, addresses and contact information of witnesses to the attack
  • Contact a personal injury attorney immediately who has experience with dog attack cases to find out what legal options you have

Who is Liable for a Dog Attack?

Under California Civil Code Section 3342(a), it is not necessary for a victim or, in the case of resulting death, his or her family to prove a previous attack involving the same dog in order to claim compensation for injury or death. Strict liability attaches to the dog’s owner for as long as you can prove that:

  • You, or the victim, is not a trespasser
  • The person against whom a claim is made is the owner or person in control of the dog
  • You, or the victim, suffered specific injuries and the extent of those injuries

Marvin Lanter can help you obtain a financial settlement which may cover:

  • Your lost earnings or unearned income for time off work, and lost contracts or jobs
  • Hospital and therapy costs including past, present and future medication
  • Damages for pain and suffering

The process of choosing a personal injury attorney is crucial to the outcome of your claim. Experienced Los Angeles dog bite lawyer Marvin S. Lanter will work tirelessly to see that you receive compensation you are entitled and, if necessary, aggressively represent you in court to obtain the damages appropriate to your situation. Call today for a free, confidential assessment at (310) 276-1142.

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