How likely are dog bite injuries in California?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2019 | Catastrophic Injuries |

It is difficult to get over injuries compared to the effort it takes to avoid them. From construction zones to mass transit vehicles, there are plenty of potential causes for injuries in California. One of the most serious causes that has required its own legislation to protect residents is attacks by domestic animals.

How dangerous are animal attacks in California?

The Golden State is the dog bite capital of the country. One insurance carrier has reported that it paid out more than $18 million in California for claims related to dog bites, scratches and other dog-related injuries out of $123 million nationwide. California comes before Illinois and Ohio to be the most likely state for a dog bite lawsuit.

What are the consequences of animal attacks?

That depends widely on the type of attacking dog and the injuries it inflicted. Larger breeds like pit bulls are more likely to cause serious injury if they are tempted to attack. The average dog bite claim in 2018 costs just over $37,500. The money mostly goes to medical expenses for the treatment and recovery of victims.

Who are the most likely victims of dog bites?

Children below the age of 9 often do not know to keep a respectful distance from large dogs and are also small enough that any sort of trauma may be debilitating. Seniors and home service staff are also likely to encounter a dog out of control.

What can I do after a dog bite?

Medical attention is always the priority, but legal representation is also important if people and their families are considering the need for financial damages.