Dog Bite Accidents

Ventura Dog Bite Lawyer

Zavala Law, PC Can Help With the Aftermath of Animal Attacks in California

Dog bites and other animal attacks can be traumatic and cause serious injuries and infections. Each year, dogs bite more than 4.5 million people, and more than 800,000 of those people seek medical treatment for their wounds. Sadly, children are the most susceptible to serious dog bite injuries.

If you or your child is attacked by an animal you do not own, you may be entitled to compensation. Dog owners in California are responsible for any injuries that their animals cause others, and they may be required to pay medical bills, missed wages, and other losses in the aftermath of a bite or attack.

Zavala Law, PC can help you recover the compensation you need to move forward by holding dog owners accountable. With more than a decade of legal experience, our team has defended dog owners in the past and knows best how to prosecute cases against them. Each client gets Attorney Matt Zavala’s personalized care and attention.

Call us at (805) 665-3485 to tell Matt about your accident and get the legal help you need.

When Do Most Dog Bites Occur?

Most dog bites happen at or near a residence, and often involve a child. Usually, the offending dog belongs to the victim’s family, a friend, or a neighbor.

If you or a loved one is bitten by anyone’s dog, do not hesitate to act. In most cases, you would file a claim with the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy.

If a dog bites you, seek medical treatment, gather as much information about the animal, its owner, and their insurance company as possible, and call our Ventura dog bite attorney


Common Dog Bite Injuries

Getting attacked by a dog can result in serious injuries. Common dog bite injuries include:

  • Scratches, tears, and other skin abrasions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Tearing and avulsion
  • Crush injuries
  • Death

Dog bites can also spread disease and the wounds can become infected, which increases the likelihood of long-term issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diseases that can be spread by dogs include:

  • Brucellosis
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Capnocytophaga
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Tapeworms
  • Hookworms
  • Ringworms
  • Roundworms
  • Tickborne diseases
  • Echinococcosis
  • Giardiasis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Tularemia
  • MRSA
  • Mange
  • Rabies
  • Plague

Some infections and diseases can also lead to sepsis, a life-threatening complication.

Long-Term Effects of Dog Bites

Scarring is the most common long-term effect of dog bites. Victims may also suffer nerve damage, muscle damage, or loss of function in or around the affected area. And this is only the physical aspect.

Suffering a dog bite can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cynophobia, especially among children. Cynophobia is the overwhelming fear of dogs, and PTSD is a serious mental health condition that can prevent someone from working or living their life normally.

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, you owe it to yourself and your family to prepare for the short-term and long-term effects of such a traumatic event.

Zavala Law, PC can help provide the resources you need to heal, whether that means getting your wound treated or seeking therapy for PTSD. Our firm brings passion, experience, and diligence to your case, and you will always be able to reach Matt via phone, text, or email.

We want you to choose the right attorney, maximize your compensation, and secure your future, which is why we offer free consultations to help you get to know Matt and our firm

Meet with Matt for free at the time that works best for your schedule – call us at (805) 665-3485 or contact us online to schedule your free case review today.

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