California Loves Dogs – Not Dog Bites


Who doesn’t love dogs? From teacup breeds that fit into small designer bags to large canines that look like they could knock you over effortlessly – they are lovable creatures, and truly, man’s best friend. However, dogs also happen to be the most talked-about animals in courtrooms and attorney offices across the United States.

This is because injuries related to bites, and falls/accidents caused by dogs in California are much more common than one would think. Not only have they sent thousands of people to the hospital to seek immediate treatment, they have also scarred them with emotional trauma associated with the incident.


Facts regarding dog bites and related injuries

Did you know that:

  • Approximately 5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States annually
  • Toddlers and infants are twice as likely to be bitten by dogs than adults
  • Unvaccinated dogs may carry the rabies virus, that can prove fatal to humans
  • The state of California requires that all domestic dogs over the age of 4 months must be vaccinated against the rabies virus, with booster shots given as needed. This is critical to ensure the health and wellbeing of the owners, and everyone else in the surroundings.
  • Rabies is fatal for humans and other animals. The American Veterinary Medical Association has therefore mandated the vaccination of domestic pets like dogs, cats and even ferrets for rabies.
  • Larger dogs like Pitbulls and Rottweilers have contributed to nearly 75% of total recorded deaths of American men, women and children between from 2009-2015
  • With proper training, management, and attention to surroundings, it was found through surveys that 70% of all bites and injuries caused by dogs could easily have been prevented
  • The California Civil Code 3342 places strict liability on all dog owners for bites and injuries


Have you been bitten or attacked by a dog in California? Here’s how to proceed legally

There are laws in place for men, women and children in California that have suffered from dog bites and injuries, but having a team that is aware of these laws and how to use them is very important.

It was reported that in the year 2015, the average settlement for a dog bite in the United States was $32,000? However, this amount varies from state to state – and of course, with the severity of each case as well. We at Compass Law understand that a dog bite does not simply mean physical injuries and their subsequent medical bills. There is emotional trauma associated with these episodes that can leave a harrowing impact on an individual’s personality and way of life.

Being bitten or attacked by a dog is a traumatic, distressing event. According to a 2019 report, the average settlement for a dog bite case in California was $51,264. The amount has risen as more and more people gain awareness regarding the aftereffects and trauma of dog bites.

If you or a loved one have been bitten or attacked by a dog – we can help you. From financial settlements to hospital bills and trauma therapy – the team at Compass Law will make sure that you are taken care of in the best possible way through direct legal action. Simply give us a call at (310) 289-7126 today.


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