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Dog Bites In Santa Barbara

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California applies “strict liability” for injuries caused by dog bites or attacks.  This means, that a dog owner is “strictly liable” for the injuries caused by their dog.  California law does not allow for a dog owner to dispute who was at fault. The dog owner is automatically responsible to pay for your damages.

Some of the most common physical injuries caused by dog bites are:

Many dog bites are serious injuries. The American Veterinary Association says about

4.5 million

people are bitten by dogs each year

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900,000

of these dog bite victims require medical attention for their injuries

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27,000

dog bite victims sustain serious enough injuries from dog attacks to require reconstructive surgery. Half of the victims of dog bites are children.
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California is one of the most likely places in the U.S. to be attacked by a dog. The Insurance Information Institute says California had the most claims for dog bites of any U.S. state in 2013, with 1,919 claims worth a total of $64.7 million.
DogsBite.org, a nonprofit public education website about dangerous dogs, says California was home to the most fatal dog attacks of any state, with five deaths in 2013, all attributed to pit bulls.
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If you, your child, or another loved one of yours has been injured by a dog owned by another person, your family may be eligible for compensation to cover medical bills and pain and suffering. California has strict liability laws for the owners of dogs. The Andrade Law Offices can help you obtain the insurance settlement you deserve after a dog attack. Contact our offices immediately at (805) 962-4944 after the injury, early investigation is vital to the outcome of all personal injury cases.

California and Dog Bite Cases

A 32-year survey of dog attack deaths and maimings in the U.S. and Canada found that certain breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, cane corsos, dogo Argentinos, shar peis, boxers, and their mixes were responsible for:

81%

ATTACKS ON
CHILDREN

89%

ATTACKS ON
ADULTS

86%

ATTACKS THAT CAUSE
BODILY HARM

86%

ATTACKS THAT RESULT IN MAIMING

76%

ATTACKS THAT RESULT IN FATALITIES

A 2014 report by the California Department of Public Health said that among towns and cities in California that track dog bites, the breeds most commonly involved in dog bites incident are:

29%

PIT BULL TERRIER

15%

GERMAN SHEPHERD OR SHEPHERD MIX

11%

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Santa Maria, CA child bitten by family dog.

In California, the incidence of animal bites is higher among children ages 1 to 6 years old based on emergency room visits, according to the report. Dogs may misinterpret the sudden movements or shrill squealing of children and respond aggressively or defensively.  Young boys under age 12 are the most common dog bite victims.

Other groups vulnerable to dog attacks are elderly people 70 years old or older, who like young children are less able to escape or fend off an attacking dog.  Outdoor service workers, like postal workers and other delivery people, such as utility workers, landscapers and public services personnel, are also vulnerable.

The Santa Barbara County Health Department classifies any dog that has bitten, caused serious injury, or attempted to attack a person without provocation as a dangerous dog.

In California, state law makes a dog owner strictly responsible for any harm inflicted by their dog. This means any person who has been injured by a dog, or the parents/guardians representing a minor, may seek compensation for the injury without being required to prove negligence on the dog owner’s part, as long as the victim was not:

  • Trespassing
  • Provoking the dog
  • Injured by their employer’s dog while on the job
  • Performing a paid service involving the dog (i.e., grooming, training, etc.)

Note that young children, depending on their age and maturity, may not be held responsible for trespassing or “provoking” a dog, and a worker injured by their employer’s dog while on the job would be eligible for workers’ compensation in most cases.

In some cases, a local ordinance, which might be even stricter, may apply to a dog bite or dog attack claim.

Contact Our California Dog Bite Lawyers

Have you or a family member required medical care for a dog bite or attack? If so, the Andrade Law Office will review the incident and help you obtain compensation from the dog’s owner through an insurance settlement. California law is on the side of dog bite victims, and our experienced dog bite attorneys ensure that our clients’ rights are protected and fully exercised.

Andrade Law Offices will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries, including  medical bills, and loss of income during recovery, and for your pain and suffering. If you are married, your spouse may also have a claim of loss of consortium. Your initial consultation with our attorneys about a legal claim is always free, and you’ll pay us nothing until we win your case. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. Contact us to get started today.

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