Animal attacks can be frightening and can result in serious injuries, including severe cuts and abrasions, lost eyes, and permanent disfigurement and scarring. The San Francisco dog bite attorneys of the Dolan Law Firm regularly represent plaintiffs injured in animal attacks and dog bites, including pit bull attacks, in San Francisco and other communities throughout the California Bay Area, including Sacramento, San Jose, Alameda, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara.
Have You Been Seriously Injured From a Dog Bite?
Our law firm has the experience and the resources to establish pet owner negligence and to bring full and fair jury verdicts and insurance settlements to compensate for immediate and future medical care, plastic surgery, lost wages, and lost earning potential.
Dog Bites and California Law
Under California law, dog owners are liable for damages related to many injuries resulting from dog bites. The law covers anyone bitten by a dog in a public place or while lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property. It does not matter whether the dog has any history of vicious behavior.
In all our personal injury cases, including those involving San Francisco area dog bites, our lawyers are committed to thorough investigation and personal attention to every case and to systematic case preparation designed for effective presentation to a jury.
Tips On Avoiding Dog Bites
While not all dog bites can be prevented, you may be able to prevent some by following a few rules about choosing the pets you purchase or interact with.
- Poor temperament? Some dogs are known to have poor temperaments or have been known to bite in the past. If you know the dog’s history and its above-average level of aggression, it may be best to avoid interacting with the dog.
- Young child? Adults tend to interact with dog much differently than young children. Kids are more likely to jump excitedly, among other things, which can rile up any dog, even those that generally aren’t aggressive. For this reason, you should avoid leaving young children alone with dogs.
If a dog becomes aggressive, stay calm, move slowly, and do not make eye contact. If you do suffer a dog bite, you may likely need medical care. Left untreated, the wound may develop an infection. A serious infection may even put your life (or that of your child’s) at risk.
How To Treat A Dog Bite
Whether the family pet or a stray, when a dog bites (or other animal, such as a cat), it can cause a serious infection, in addition to bleeding and scarring. Infection may result from bacteria off the animal’s fangs left behind in the wound.
As per the Mayo Clinic, the following types of bites should be treated in a hospital or clinic as soon as possible:
- Deep puncture wounds
- Torn skin
- Significant bleeding
- Swelling and redness
- Oozing in the wound
For relatively minor bites, old-fashioned soap and water may suffice, along with antibiotic cream and a bandage – though even minor bites carry a risk of infection.
Contact Our Dog Bite Attorneys
Our work is contingency-based, and we collect no fee unless our client collects damages. If you or a loved one has been injured or disfigured because of an animal attack, pit bull attack or other dog bite, we encourage you to contact attorney Chris Dolan and his colleagues online or call 415-636-8160 today for skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel.