If you have been injured, you may wonder how you will receive compensation for your medical bills, lost work, and other expenses that you incur. The solution will be related to the answers to the following three questions.
What Type of Injury Did You Suffer?
There are a number of different ways that may have sustained a personal injury. Some of these possibilities include:
- Car accidents
- Dog or other animal bites
- Slip and fall accidents
The way you were injured is important because different California state laws will dictate who is at fault for the injury and how the expenses will be covered.
When Did the Injury Occur?
Why is the timing of the injury important? It is because California state law has a statute of limitations on seeking compensation for an accident that leads to injury. As a result, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as you can following such an injury.
Who Is Responsible for the Injury?
Finally, you need to determine if there was any fault or negligence on the part of someone else that led to your injury. Most defending lawyers in a personal injury case will try to make a case that blame is shared due to various factors. You want someone in your corner who can ensure you are fully compensated for your losses.
Personal Injury Lawyers in San Diego, California
If you have been injured in southern California, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. We have the experience and ability to help you maximize your settlement. Call 619-344-0360 today to get started.Read More
Dog bites are an extremely common cause of injury and the need for extensive medical care. But the fact is that one dog breed rises above the rest when it comes to danger. You may already know which breed it is, but what you may not know is just how serious the issue has become.
Important Dog Bite Statistics
ResearchGate published the statistics from a study on dog bites. The research discussed the frequency of dog bites as well as how often operative procedures are needed to care for injuries. One particular breed stood out in the study – pit bulls.
In the eight studies that were compiled by researchers, pit bulls were responsible for the most attacks. They were also responsible for the majority of serious injuries and fatalities. According to one of the largest studies, about a quarter of dog attack injuries suffered by children were caused by pit bulls, and two-thirds of those attacks led to surgical procedures. The data also showed that pit bulls were 250% more likely to get in serious bites in multiple locations, thereby increasing the amount of damage done and medical treatment required.
But what if it is your family’s pit bull? Doesn’t that make it safer? Unfortunately, familiarity increases the risks across the board for dog bites. As much as 45% of dog bites are from the family dog, not one that you or a child meets for the first time.
If You Have Been Injured in a Dog Attack
If someone else’s dog has caused you harm, you may be able to recoup your medical expenses or other damages, especially if negligence was involved. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm today for free consultation by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
When a person is injured, a question often arises as to who is responsible for medical bills and other losses that may be suffered. We’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common types of personal injury cases in the state of California.
#1 Vehicular Accidents
Injuries in auto accidents are very common. Whether the person who is injured is a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, it calls into question who is at fault and which insurance company is responsible for the damages.
#2 Dog Bites
Dog bites are extremely common injuries, and sadly, many of the victims are children. It is important always to monitor children playing with pets, especially dogs. However, if an injury occurs, it may call into question whether the dog’s owner is responsible.
#3 Slip and Fall Accidents
From tripping over a break in the sidewalk to slipping on a wet floor, there are all sorts of ways that people end up in trip and fall accidents. Is the injury the fault of the property owner? There are a number of considerations that come into play to determine whether there is any fault or negligence.
San Diego’s Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in the state of California in one of these common types of occurrences, then we encourage you to talk to our attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. By calling 619-344-0360, you get the legal help you need along with the compassion you deserve. Find out why our clients are confident we are interested not just in cases but in people.Read More
While dog bites are a preventable injury, more than 300,000 children end up in the ER each year due to an incident with a dog. According to the CDC, children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the at the greatest risk. Shockingly, more than half of dog bites come from family pets and not a strange animal. The CDC also warns that the number of dogs in a home increase the likelihood of being bit.
So the first way to protect your children is to be careful about the breed of dog you bring into your home (almost all serious injuries and fatalities are related to pit bulls), and to keep the number of dogs in the home to just one (risk of injury increases by 5 times as you add more dogs).
However, since many bites still occur outside the home, here are 4 tips to help protect your kids:
- Don’t allow children to play with a dog unsupervised.
- Teach children not to approach dogs they don’t know.
- Show your child how to know when a dog is defensive or scared (perhaps by using pictures). Then encourage the child never to make eye-contact with a frightened dog.
- Dogs are most likely to attack in groups, so instruct your children never to approach a group of dogs, even if they seem friendly (i.e., a dog walker with several dogs).
If You or Your Child Suffers a Dog Bite
When bitten by a dog, seeking medical attention is the first step. Then it is time to call Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages or losses you and your family may have suffered. Call 619-344-0360 today to set up a free consultation.Read More
Dog bites are on the rise across the United States and particularly in California according to some recent research. The Insurance Information Institute revealed that a third of claims against homeowners’ insurance last year were due to dog bites.
In 2016, the total amount paid out to dog bite victims was approximate $600 million. This shocking figure was in part due to the fact that medial costs have skyrocketed, resulting in thousands or even tens of thousands in medical expenses over a serious bite.
How can you protect your family from these increasingly common lawsuits?
5 Ways to Avoid a Dog Bite on Your Property
Here are 5 things you can do to protect yourself:
- Get the right breed. – A professional can help you to select a breed of dog that should be able to interact with your family and others in your neighborhood peacefully.
- Avoid dogs with a history of aggression.
- Spay or neuter your dog. – According to researchers, a dog that has not been neutered is 3 times as likely to attack.
- Don’t allow children to bother an eating or sleeping dog.
- Keep dogs social. – If your dog is isolated from people other than your immediate family, it may be particularly wary of strangers and not understand how to interact properly.
If a Member of Your Family Has Been Injured by a Dog Bite
Unfortunately, not everyone is this conscientious about their pets. If you or a member of your family has been bitten by a dog, what can you do? First of all, see a doctor immediately to have the injury evaluated. Then contact Petrov Law Firm so we can help you to receive the proper settlement of your case. The average dog bite settlement in the US was over $33,000 in 2016, but insurance companies won’t shell out that kind of money automatically. Call 619-344-0360 to get your claim started today.
In 2006, about 27,000 people sought emergency room care for dog bites. In 2015, that number was up to 39,000, a shocking increase of 44%. In that same time period, the number of people seeking treatment for dog bites who had to be admitted for care increased from 800 to 1,400 – a 75% increase. Not only are dog bites an increasingly common problem in California, but it seems the severity of the attacks has grown worse as well.
California Dog Bite Statistics
One of the reasons dog bites are becoming a bigger issue in the state is the trend toward getting larger dogs. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are far more likely to bite and do damage than many of the smaller breeds of dog.
The age groups that are most at risk are the very young and the very old. In fact, about one-quarter of dog attack deaths in the state involve children under the age of 10. The most common age group for dog bites is 5 to 9, and the second most common age range is 0 to 4. This should impress upon parents and dog owners of the need to be careful when it comes to having children near a dog.
Getting Help After a Dog Bite
Medical attention is vital after being bit by any type of animal. Unfortunately, medical bills resulting from a dog attack can reach into the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. In many cases, liability may be on the part of the owner. After receiving any emergency medical care that is needed, your next call should be to Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to determine if you are deserving of compensation. Call 619-344-0360 to get a free consultation.Read More
In California, the owner of a dog is responsible for damages caused by dog bites, even if the dog has no history of violence. A few exceptions to this rule exist when it comes to trespassing on private property or provocation of the animal. However, there are further laws that dictate matters when a child is involved.
When a Child Is Bitten by a Dog
First of all, age is an important factor. Children under the age of five do not have the capacity to understand that hurting a dog can cause it to defend itself. Legally, provocation is the equivalent of negligence, and a child that young cannot be declared negligent. Therefore, the owner is still at fault.
Also, any minor who is following the express instructions of his or her parents cannot be considered negligent in behavior. Therefore, a minor who is bitten by a dog while following parental instructions cannot be considered to be provoking the animal.
Another factor that comes into play is when a dog bites a child who is at daycare. Now the matter becomes a case of negligence against the defendant. Even in some cases where the daycare owners required parents to sign a release, the daycare was still held accountable for the bite.
If Your Child Has Been Attacked by a Dog
The Petrov Law Firm has a great deal of experience when it comes to dog bite law in California. We are willing to offer a free consultation if you or a loved one have become a victim of such an unfortunate experience. In addition, we may be able to recommend a medical professional who can offer appropriate dog bite care.Read More
If you live in Orange County California, there are numerous animal control laws in effect that should prevent things like dog bites from occurring. Consider some of the following laws.
Laws Involving Leashes and Public Property
Basically, the only times an owner can have a dog off the leash in Orange County is at home or at a dog park that allows off-the-leash pets. In fact, leashes or chains need to be 6 feet in length or shorter to ensure that the person in charge can get control of the dog quickly.
The person holding the leash has to be competent to take care of the dog. If a 5-year-old girl loses control of a 150-pound dog, that’s no real surprise. An adult needs to be holding the leash.
Also, unless the dog is a service dog or guide dog (or if you have a special permit), you have to avoid public schools, public beaches, and public parks that are not intended for pets. If a dog were to be on public school property and hurt a child, that would be a big problem because dogs are not even allowed on school property except in the special circumstances noted above.
Finally, an owner cannot intentionally or through inability to control the animal allow a dog to trespass on private property without consent from the property owner.
Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, whether the owner was abiding by the laws noted above or not, the owner owes you damages. The Petrov Law Firm offers free consultations to dog bite victims. Contact us today at 619-344-0360.
Obviously, it is always better to avoid a dog attack than to have to seek compensation, so let’s start by giving you a few tips on how to protect yourself if you come face to face with an angry canine.
Unfortunately, this a very common issue in the US with about 4.5 million Americans being bit annually (according to the CDC). Add to this the fact that approximately 1 in 5 dog bites gets infected and you have the recipe for some serious injuries and major medical bills.
The Dos and Don’ts of Encountering a Dog
First of all, it is important to stay calm. You may have surprised the dog just as much as it surprised you. Gruffly telling a dog to sit may worry it even more and result in unpredictable behavior. While your first instinct may be to grab and toss a stick, the dog may see you reaching for something on the ground as a sign of aggression. You’re better offer keeping your distance and encouraging the dog to view you as a friend by saying things like “good dog” or other phrases owners often use as encouragement.
What to Do if a Dog Attacks
If a dog catches you off guard or comes at you despite your best efforts, you need to remember a few things. First, protect your neck. Dogs will go for soft tissue areas. You’ll take a lot less damage from a leg bite. Second, if a dog locks its jaw on you, pulling away will only tear the flesh and do more damage.
Another important thing to remember is to see a doctor immediately as you may require shots, especially if rabies is a concern. Then the next professional visit to make is to a lawyer. You need to know your legal options when it comes to recouping money on medical bills as well as the trauma of being placed in such a situation.Read More
More and more people in California are bringing companion animals with them everywhere they go. Unfortunately, not all of the animals that are classified as companion animals are equally trained, and some could still be likely to bite. If you’ve been bitten by an animal in public, make sure to collect the name of the owner along with the names of witnesses. Then contact a personal injury attorney to help you find out how you can proceed.
There are two classification of companion animals. The first are professionally trained, working animals. Professionally trained companion animals go through an extensive selection process to eliminate any animal that might be aggressive or uncooperative. Then, the animals that are selected for training spend years learning self control along with companion skills to finally reach certification. These animals can go anywhere the owner goes — from restaurants to airplanes. These animals are extremely intelligent and are very unlikely to bite anyone.
The second form of companion animals are emotional support animals. While dogs are the most common emotional support animal, cats, birds, and rabbits (among others) can also be considered as companions. These emotional support animals do not receive any training and are not able to self regulate their behavior any better than a common household pet. In addition, getting a doctor to say you need a companion animal is fairly easy and inexpensive.
In California, the law prevents most commercial establishments from demanding a form of proof for the companion animal. (Demanding proof can be seen as an act of discrimination.) Some consumers take advantage of this law and simply buy a companion animal vest, knowing that no one can demand proof. And while interpretations vary, the current laws might not even allow emotional support animals in eating establishments; but because of the discrimination laws, no one can ask for proof.
So because of the complex and conflicting laws, untrained dogs are everywhere. While many of those animals are legitimate, working dogs, some are not. So if you’ve been bitten by a stranger’s dog, consult a lawyer. The dog isn’t likely a true working animal, and you are well within your rights (and morals) to demand compensation for your injury.Read More