Dogs can, and do, make fantastic pets, and loyal companions for people of all ages, meaning it can be all too easy to lose sight of the fact that they are animals and, as such, can pose a significant danger when they perceive danger. Even the most docile and friendly of dogs can attack if they feel that they, their family, or their territory is under threat and, as a consequence, every dog owner in California, including those in El Centro, is legally obligated to ensure that their pet is contained securely while at home, and on a leash and under control in public.
If you have been attacked by a dog due to its owner or keeper failing to fulfil their legal obligations and control the animal, an El Centro dog bite attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle could ensure you recover the compensation and monetary damages you are entitled to, in respect of pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
What You Should Know About Dog Bites in California, and Across the United States
As many people have dogs for their entire lives without suffering any harm, or seeing their dog attack, you may assume that dog bite attacks are a relatively rare occurrence. On the contrary, dogs who had previously shown no signs of aggression attack, and bite, every day. According to the most up-to-date statistics:
- 66% of dog bite attacks happen at or near the home
- 79% of all fatal dog bite attacks are inflicted upon children
- 87% of dog bites on children involve children and dogs who were left unsupervised
- 92% of all dog bites are inflicted by male dogs, with 94% of these being unneutered
- An unsupervised baby is 370 times more likely to be bitten than an adult
- Approximately 800,000 of these bites require medical care, emergency or otherwise
- Around 1,000 people across the United States seek emergency medical treatment following a dog bite attack every day
- Around 4.7 million dog bite attacks happen nationwide each year
- Most bites on children are to the head and neck, while adults most commonly suffer bites to the arms and legs
- Most dog bite victims know the dog who attacked them
- The highest proportion of dog bite attacks happen in children aged between 5 and 9
There are certain breeds of dog which are more likely to bite, with the most prolific offenders being:
- Pit bulls, who are responsible for 59% of fatalities. Pit bulls are, however, more likely to kill adults than children
- Rottweilers caused 14% of all fatal dog bite attacks in El Centro and beyond
- The other common culprits of dog bite attacks are Husky, wolf hybrid, Bullmastiff, German Shepherd, Akita, Chow, and Doberman
Injured by a Dog Bite? Speak to an El Centro Attorney Today
If you, or your child, have been seriously injured by a dog bite attack, you deserve excellent legal representation from an attorney dedicated to fighting for the compensation you are entitled to. To schedule your free initial consultation, call Hiden, Rott & Oertle today at 619-630-0205.