Abogado de lesiones por mordedura de perro en Topanga, CA

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Abogados de mordeduras de perro y ataques de animales

Dogs attack approximately 5 million people a year in the U.S. Practically half of those injured are children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. About 800,000 Americans annually seek medical attention for wounds from dog attacks, and 386,000 need emergency room treatment. Around 16 people die annually after being attacked by a dog. The CDC's figures do not consider the psychological trauma of experiencing an animal attack.

It is a simple fact of life that dogs bite. This includes any dog of any breed. A dog bite can be anything from a nip to a traumatic attack that leaves a serious injury. A serious injury sustained in a dog attack is cause to hold the dog's owner responsible, and for the dog bite victim to seek compensation for all medical expenses, pain and suffering and other harm resulted in by the bite.

If you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one in an animal attack that took place in the Topanga area or anywhere else in California, the personal injury lawyers at Drake Law Firm, want to help you.

Lesiones graves por mordeduras de perro

A serious bite is not a playful nip or even a minor injury that bruises an individual who came into contact with a dog at the wrong time. A serious dog attack is one that consists of biting and scratching that results in considerable traumatic injury, such as deep cuts, tearing, fractures or more. A serious attack by a dog can also cause considerable emotional and psychological injury.

Según las estadísticas de mordeduras de perro de los CDC, aproximadamente 885.000 víctimas de mordeduras de perro al año, es decir, el 20 por ciento de todas las personas que son mordidas por perros, requieren atención médica por sus lesiones.

Las víctimas más comunes son:

  • Children ages 5-9
  • Personas mayores
  • Carteros de correo

Dogs most often bite a person's arm, hand, leg, foot, head or neck, according to the CDC. Common injuries in dog attacks include:

  • Cortes, contusiones y arañazos
  • Heridas por punción
  • Desgarro (avulsión)
  • Dislocaciones
  • Fracturas óseas
  • Amputaciones
  • Aplastamiento (lesiones en la cabeza/el cráneo), a nonprofit, public education website concerning dangerous dog breeds, reports that serious dog attacks can cause acute injuries that can require $250,000 to $1 million in specialized medical care.

The CDC states that roughly 27,000 dog bite victims each year undergo reconstructive surgery. This might consist of skin grafting, tissue expansion and scar diminishment. A victim may need a number of operations over many years.

Cómo buscar una indemnización tras una mordedura de perro

Las víctimas de mordeduras de perro pueden solicitar el reembolso de sus:

  • Gastos médicos pasados y futuros
  • Pérdida de ingresos y reducción de la capacidad de ganancia
  • Dolor y sufrimiento
  • Angustia psicológica
  • Other relevant losses

Se puede reclamar contra el propietario del perro y, potencialmente, contra un tercero si la negligencia de éste causó la lesión.

People who have been seriously wounded by an attacking dog deserve compensation and should not hesitate to seek it through civil legal action and contact a dog bite attorney-- it will not come out of a friend or neighbor's pocket. The settlement recovered in a dog attack claim almost always comes from the dog owner's insurance, such as homeowners' insurance or business liability insurance.

El Insurance Information Institute y State Farm Insurance informan de que los ataques de perros constituyeron más de un tercio de todas las reclamaciones de responsabilidad civil de los propietarios de viviendas pagadas en 2013 y dieron lugar a más de 483 millones de dólares en indemnizaciones para las víctimas. El pago medio por los casos de ataques de perros fue de 27.862 dólares.

An experienced lawyer can examine your dog attack claim to establish whether the dog's owner is responsible and calculate the settlement you might be due for your injuries.

Many cases can be resolved through negotiations with the dog owner's insurance company. If a proper settlement agreement can not be reached, we would prepare to seek suitable compensation for you in court.

Actuar después de una mordedura

You can act to help yourself, a loved one or a friend that has been injured by a dog bite. Here are some steps you should try to follow:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Any kind of dog bite should be seen by a physician.
  • Immediately report the injury to the police and secure a copy of the police accident report.
  • Obtenga el nombre y la información de contacto del propietario del perro, si es posible.
  • Get the name and contact information of any individuals who observed the attack.
  • Fotografíe al animal que le causó las lesiones, así como el lugar del incidente.
  • Fotografíe cualquier tipo de lesión visible que haya sufrido como resultado del incidente con el animal.
  • Keep any clothing that might have been damaged by the animal.
  • Keep and, ideally, photograph any kind of property damaged by the animal.
  • Do not communicate with the owner of the dog or the owner's insurance provider. If you accept any form of compensation, you may forgo your right to sue for additional damages.

Contact Our Dog Bite Attorneys

If you or a loved one has sustained a dog attack injury or other animal attack that resulted in severe injury or scarring, you have rights that deserve to be protected. Get in touch with a Topanga dog bite lawyer at Drake Law Firm, without delay and arrange a free consultation.

We will offer a team of legal professionals, medical professionals and investigators who are committed to your case. We can help you make informed decisions concerning your legal options. Our dog attack lawyers will strive to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients to get the compensation they require to recover. We won't let you accept unfair treatment from other law firms and we will defend you from beginning to end. If you need help with Dog Bite Injury in Topanga, California, give us a call at (844) 513-7253 for a FREE consultation or visit our website at to get started on your case today! 

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