Experienced Dog Bite Attorneys in Santa Ana, California

At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP our Santa Ana dog bite attorneys know that nearly 90 million dogs span the U.S. as pets. While dogs are known for their loyalty and companionship, emotional support, and comfort and joy for family members, 77% of dog bites in the U.S. come from a family or friend’s dog.

Unfortunately, dogs are biting at a higher rate, causing significant injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 885,000 dog bite victims require medical attention annually. That is nearly three times as many dog bite victims as residents in Santa Ana. These dog bites account for over 900 daily emergency room visits nationwide. Another almost 9,500 people require extended hospital stays for dog bite injuries.

If you or someone you love has been bitten and injured by a dog in California, contact our Orange County personal injury attorneys today to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the pet owner accountable for your injuries and overall damages — even if the dog belonged to a neighbor, close friend, or family member.

Victim Of a Dog Bite Injuries

What are the Most Common Injuries Associated with Dog Bites in California?

Dog bites and attacks can result in various injuries, from minor to severe. The severity of injuries often depends on factors like the size and breed of the dog, the victim’s age and size, and the circumstances of the incident.

Common injuries associated with dog bites and attacks include:

  • Puncture Wounds

Dogs have sharp teeth that can cause puncture wounds, which may be deep and prone to infection.

  • Lacerations and Tears

Some dog bites can cause cuts and tears in the skin and underlying tissues, requiring medical attention and possibly stitches.

  • Bruises and Contusions

Blunt force trauma during a dog attack can result in bruises and contusions.

  • Fractures and Broken Bones

A strong bite or forceful attack can lead to fractures or broken bones, particularly in smaller bones like fingers or toes.

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments can occur during a dog attack, leading to pain and potential long-term issues.

  • Infection

Bites puncture the skin, creating an entry point for bacteria. Infection is a common complication and may require medical treatment, including antibiotics.

  • Nerve Damage

Severe bites can damage nerves, leading to temporary or permanent loss of sensation or function in the affected area.

  • Scarring and Disfigurement

Serious dog bites may result in scarring or disfigurement, especially if the victim is a child.

  • Emotional Trauma

Beyond physical injuries, dog attacks can cause emotional trauma, including fear, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Rabies Transmission

Although rare in well-vaccinated dogs, there is a risk of rabies transmission through a dog bite. Immediate medical attention and rabies vaccination may be necessary.

It is crucial to seek medical attention promptly for any dog bite, even if the injury seems minor. In addition, reporting the incident to the appropriate authorities can help prevent future incidents and ensure public safety.

Finally, if you have been bitten or attacked by a dog in California, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Santa Ana today to pursue the liable pet owner for your full financial recovery.

How Many Dog Bites Are Fatal?

According to the CDC, the odds of dying from a dog bite are 1 in 118,776.

However, between 2011 and 2018, the number of deaths caused by being bitten or struck by a dog hovered around 20, with higher death rates for males versus females depending on the year.

But between 2018 and 2021, deaths more than doubled among both sexes, the CDC reported.

Tragically, 26% of dog bite fatalities were children 0-2.

While fatalities may be rare, they are some of the most tragic circumstances families can endure. If you have lost a loved one to a dog bite or attack in California, you — like those who are injured in the same types of attacks — have options to seek justice. We can help.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Dog Bites, Injuries, and Fatalities in California?

Our California dog bite statute clearly states that the owner of any dog is liable for damages if the person bitten was lawfully in a private place — including a guest on someone’s property — or in a public place when the bite occurred.

For homeowners, our strict liability law says that even if the dog owner did not know their dog would act aggressively, they cannot avoid liability for a dog bite and are still responsible for the damages that result.

We understand that personal relationships can make it difficult for our clients to pursue financial compensation from someone they know. However, with the help of a skilled California dog bite attorney, we can pursue the dog owner’s insurance policy directly for our client’s damages, removing both the dog owner and the injury victim from the pursuit, negotiations, and, ultimately, the settlement.

If you or your child has suffered dog bite injuries in California, we can help provide legal remedies to pursue compensation for the medical costs, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses you incurred.

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Contact Our Accomplished Santa Ana Dog Bite Attorneys at Hanning & Sacchetto

If you have been bitten by a dog in California, contact our experienced Santa Ana personal injury attorneys at Hanning & Sacchetto today to schedule a free consultation by calling (562) 698-6446.