Well-trained and well-maintained dogs can make excellent pets for San Diego residents. Many families throughout the metropolitan area keep canines in their homes and count their four-legged friends as members of their households. While a dog can be an excellent companion and a close friend, it can also become a dangerous animal when it is not properly controlled by its owner.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than four million people may be bitten by dogs in the United States every year. While only around 12 fatalities from dog bites are reported each year, thousands of individuals require medical treatment to recover from the injuries and harm they suffer when they are attacked by dogs.
Although dogs can bite anyone, children often become victims. There are several reasons for this phenomenon. First, children are less likely to understand if and when dogs may be aggressive or are showing signs of agitated behavior. Second, children are more likely to surprise or agitate dogs with their actions than adults. Children and adults should take care when approaching dogs, even those that they know, to prevent surprise attacks and bites.
Although many dog bites are minor injuries, victims should always seek medical attention to have their bites assessed. Dogs can carry dangerous diseases that may be transmitted to humans during bites and attacks. Once a victim is treated, they may wonder what they can do to seek compensation from the owner whose animal bit them. Personal injury attorneys can guide victims of dog bites to legal options available to them.