Dogs in Los Angeles are responsible for thousands of dog bites every year. In fact,…
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg posted in Dog Bite
When you read or hear about someone being injured in a dog bite attack, you probably imagine the physical injuries caused by the incident. It’s true, dog bites can have very severe consequences, but they run deeper than those you can see on the surface. Did you know that 4.5 million US citizens are injured in dog attacks every year, with around 900,000 of them needing hospital treatment? While hospitals can help with the cuts, bruises and fractures associated with dog attacks, many of us tend to overlook the potential psychological effects.
Being attacked by a dog can be an incredibly traumatic experience – you don’t need to have been involved in one to understand that. If a child has been attacked by a dog, it can be particularly difficult for them to process what has happened, and why it happened to them. Whether it was a random attack from a dog you’ve never seen before, or a freak change in the character of a beloved family pet, a dog bite attack could result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the various manifestations that condition can take.
In both adults and children, PTSD may present itself as any of the following symptoms:
Someone suffering from PTSD, after any kind of traumatic event, may experience just one, several, or many of these symptoms.
If the PTSD on its own isn’t enough to deal with, adults and children who have been victims of dog attacks may also suffer emotionally with some of the physical effects, such as:
It’s obvious that a dog attack is no laughing matter and, if you or your child have been injured by a dog, we’re here to help you prove liability and get compensation for your trauma.
Under California law, the dog’s owner may be deemed responsible even where it can be proven that the attack was out of character for the dog, or the dog may have been provoked unintentionally. In fact, Los Angeles and other Californian regions are amongst the easiest places in the United States to assign liability for dog attacks, thanks to, particularly strict laws.
If the owner of the dog who attacks you in Los Angeles is refusing to accept responsibility or to compensate you for the detrimental effect their pet has had on your physical and emotional wellbeing, you need to get an excellent dog attack attorney on your team.