Dogs bite nearly 5 million people each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While dogs can and do bite people from all demographics, research shows that children and the elderly are most at risk. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that children account for up to half of all bite victims.
Elderly and Young Children Are the Most at Risk
Sadly, when dogs bite kids or elderly individuals, the resulting injuries tend to be severe. Puncture wounds, avulsions, crush injuries, nerve damage, infections, and long-lasting psychological trauma are common. Additionally, young children and elderly bite victims are particularly at risk of extensive facial and body scarring, which can be both disfiguring and emotionally devastating.
While most dog bites are minor, each year, more than 800,000 dog bite victims seek medical treatment for their injuries. Children and the elderly are overly represented in that group, with kids between the ages of 5 and 9 most likely to require medical attention. The cost of treating a nasty dog bite can quickly mount—especially if you end up needing multiple reconstructive surgeries. However, if someone else's dog bit you, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner. At the Inland Empire Law Group, our skilled personal injury attorneys and team can help you fight for a fair recovery for a wide range of damages, including:
- Medical expenses (ambulance transportation, emergency room care, hospitalizations, surgeries, appointments with specialists, medications, medically-necessary travel costs, etc.)
- Physical pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
Forced to miss work to care for your child after a horrific dog bite or subsequent medical treatment? We may be able to help you recover lost wages.
Skilled Representation for California Dog Bite Victims
California dog bite laws can be complex and confusing. Let us review your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact the Inland Empire Law Group today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation.