Whenever you go out for a walk around town, you are sure to see someone out with their dog. Maybe you even walk your own dog regularly. Whether on the streets of LA or in one of the many parks, there are plenty of people out with their pets.
While most of the time no incidents occur, sometimes a dog attacks. If that has happened to you and you are injured, you may need a Los Angeles dog bite attorney. The Compass Law Group has experienced attorneys who can help you figure out if someone else is liable for your injuries.
A Day Out
Nobody expects to get attacked by a dog. Most people don’t think twice before patting a dog on the head or scratching its back. Unfortunately, dog bites are usually unexpected and when they happen, it is scary.
Sometimes, someone else’s negligence causes a dog bite. If an owner violates municipal leash laws and lets their dog roam, they could be liable for any injury their dog causes. If an owner knows that their dog is aggressive and still chooses to let it be around other people, their negligence can lead to injuries.
Sometimes, though, the dog bites occur when an owner tries to get in between two dogs that are fighting. The dogs often mistake the person trying to get in the middle for the other dog and attack ferociously.
One thing is certain – dog attacks can lead to severe soft tissue injuries that could require a hospital stay and even surgery.
You may be surprised to learn that there are around 4.5 million dog bites a year in this country and that almost a million of those become infected.
Most dog bites don’t lead to serious injury, but the potential is there. Dogs have strong jaws and they can inflict serious damage to the human body. Aside from the physical damage, many dog attack victims are left with emotional trauma and even PTSD.
Children and elderly people are at greater risk of serious injury from a dog bite. Children are lower to the ground, exposing their face to a bite. They also lack the ability to get away from the situation quickly. Elderly people can suffer serious damage to their bodies, as they may not be able to defend themselves.
What To Do After An Attack
If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, you may need a dog bite attorney in Los Angeles. There is no reason you should be stuck with expensive medical bills if someone else’s negligence led to your injury. If you have to spend time at the hospital, or even have reconstructive surgery, the process can become emotional. In fact, you may be entitled to compensation beyond medical bills. Here at the Compass Law Group, we know how to handle these situations and will help you through them.