The city of Modesto, CA knows all too well how dangerous dogs can be. That’s partly why, in 1992, the Modesto city council passed an ordinance limiting households in the city to two dogs of age five months or older.
About 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. This means that, adjusted for population, about 3,000 dog bites probably occur each year in Modesto, CA. You may be eligible for financial compensation if you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite. It is in your best interest to immediately contact an aggressive, experienced Modesto dog bite attorney like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen if you have been injured by a dog bite. Our lawyers have been representing dog bite victims since 1990 and this experience allows us to provide our clients with the highest quality services.
California Dog Bite Law
“Strict liability” applies to dog bites in California. This means that disputed liability and a “one bite rule” do not exist in California. Dog owners are “strictly liable” for any injuries that their dogs cause. Dog owners cannot dispute fault for dog bites in California. Dog owners are automatically responsible for the injuries their dogs cause you.
Exceptions to this rule exist for trespassers and people bitten by dogs who are on duty for the police or military. Those who are trespassing on the property where the dog bite occurred cannot recover damages for their dog bite. Those who are bitten by dogs who are on duty for the military or police cannot recover damages for their dog bite.
Recoveries have been denied by California courts for dog bite victims who negligently caused the dog bite, provoked the dog or assumed the risk of a dog bite.
Keepers or handlers of dogs who are not the owner of the dog can also be held liable for dog bites, but not under strict liability. Keepers or handlers must either have prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressiveness or must be found to be negligent in order to be held liable for a dog bite in California. Keepers and handlers are negligent when they fail to be reasonably careful in keeping the dog from biting someone else and someone was injured because of this.
Dog owners in California are not liable when their dogs bite veterinarians who are treating them.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites and dog attacks can cause many types of wounds. These injury types include:
- Puncture wounds
Dog bites don’t just cause physical injuries, though. They can also cause mental injuries. Dog bite victims may end up experiencing severe mental reactions to dog bites and this can result in emotional suffering. Young children are especially vulnerable to this, as they can end up with a long-term fear of dogs or a fear of leaving the home.
The physical injuries that dog bites cause can be permanent. Scarring is often the result of a dog bite. The most frequent target for dogs to attack is the face. Dog bites cause around 44,000 facial injuries every year in the U.S. Dog bites to the face can cause permanent, disfiguring scars which have severe physical and emotional consequences, especially for kids. Dog bite scars can necessitate multiple, expensive and painful plastic surgeries which attempt to remove or reduce the scarring.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 76% of fatal dog maulings in the United States from 2005 to 2018. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes have killed over six times the number of Americans compared to rottweilers since 2005.
- Pit bulls are 31% more likely than other dogs to attack unknown people and 48% more likely to attack without provocation.
- About 1,000 Americans require emergency medical treatment for dog bites every day.
- $797 million was paid out in liability claims by homeowners insurance for dog bites and dog-related injuries in 2019.
- Almost one in five dog bites becomes infected.
- Almost 27,000 Americans needed reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites in 2018.
- The average cost of a hospital stay resulting from a dog bite was $18,200 from 1993 to 2008.
Modesto’s Dog Bite Experts
Do not hesitate to contact Nadrich & Cohen if you or a loved one has been bitten by a pit bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Boxer, Doberman or any other breed of dog in Modesto. Our strong, battle-tested Modesto dog bite attorneys have the experience and know-how to protect your rights when dog owners allow their pets to harm you or your loved ones. Our lawyers’ 70+ combined years of legal experience means we know all the legal techniques needed to hold dog owners responsible for your injuries. We can obtain you the largest possible financial recovery after aggressively handling your case for you from start to finish.
The dog bite lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen are committed to assisting you in obtaining the full financial recovery you deserve for your dog bite injuries. Our lawyers have been helping victims of dog bites in Modesto and throughout California obtain compensation for their injuries from insurance companies and negligent dog owners for decades.
We are a contingency fee law firm which means our clients never owe us any money. We offer free consultations and only charge clients a portion of their recovery if we obtain a recovery for them.
It is important to contact a Modesto dog bite lawyer like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen immediately if you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite, as there are strict deadlines for filing injury claims in California. Call us today at (209) 232-2933 for a free consultation, chat with one of our live chat specialists, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the free “Do I Have A Claim?” case evaluation form to begin your journey towards obtaining the full financial compensation you deserve.