Why You Need a Sacramento Dog Bite Attorney for Canine Inflicted Injuries
There are about 60 million dogs in the United States, most of which are lovable pets. Unfortunately, they can sometimes bite, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of canine injuries requiring medical attention has been steadily rising. Nearly 5 million Americans every year are injured and approximately 800,000 of these bites require medical care. A large majority of the victims are children, who are often bitten on the face.
Victims can face medical bills, loss of wages, physical pain, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. If injuries are severe or permanent, families suffer economic loss, mental anguish and the loss of companionship in caring for an injured family member. In the event of death, families are torn apart without any warning.
Get Help From a Dog Bite Lawyer Today
It is important to know what to do to protect the legal rights of yourself and your loved ones. Selecting the right attorney is an important decision. You should choose someone who is experienced, aggressive and dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for your injuries. That is why you should contact the Law Offices of Frank D. Penney. We have successfully represented thousands of accident and injury victims over the past.
Helpful Tips to Prevent or Handle a Dog Bite:
How Can I Avoid a Dog Bite?
- Never approach a canine you don’t know or who is alone without its owner, especially if it is confined behind a fence, within a car, or on a chain
- Don’t disturb a dog if it is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
- When approached by a dog you don’t know, don’t run or scream. Stand still with your hands at your sides and do not make direct eye contact or speak to it
- If knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears. Lie still and keep quiet until the dog goes away
- Don’t pet a dog, even your own, without letting him see and sniff you first
- If it does attack, decrease injury by “feeding” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything else that can serve as a barrier
Things to do if You Have Been Injured by a Dog Bite:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Get the name and contact information of the owner
- Get the name and contact information of any witnesses
- Report your injury to the police
- Request a copy of the injury report
- Take photographs of the dog and the location where the injury occurred
- Take photographs of your injuries
- Do not accept any settlement or admit fault with the dog owner’s insurance company
- Save any clothing damaged by the bite