Dogs are truly a human’s best friend. Dogs are not only the kind of creatures who love unconditionally, but they also help protect your loved ones and your home. Puppies and dogs are what millennials are taking care of instead of having children, and it is what baby boomers are taking care of while their children have all grown and moved away. The popular trend of carrying dogs in handbags has now morphed into people carrying their dogs in baby carriages. Some may call this behavior peculiar, but in California, we are embracing this new social norm.
Dogs and Statistics
California is trending to have the most dog owners, but we aren’t by any means the state with the most dog owners. That trophy goes to Vermont. Overall there are over 77 million dogs in the whole United States. With so many pups, that means at least 40% of the population has a dog in their home. Of that percentage, about 24% have more than two dogs. California is no stranger to people owning several dogs, in fact, they boast that their dogs help reduce stress and blood pressure. However, it is all too common for dogs to become a stressor.
For example, during the financial crisis of 2008, many dog owners had to give up their dogs because they couldn’t take care of them. Financial difficulties are one of the top reasons why people relinquish their pets to shelters. This also brings to light several sad statistics such as California having some of the highest euthanizing centers as well as paying the most insurance for dog bite settlements than any other state. These sad statistics should encourage dog owners to treat their dogs more seriously and think more seriously about their choice in having a dog.
Consequences of Dogs
The consequence of having a dog is that it can improve your overall health, but it can also be a really stressful situation. Particularly, if your dog has bitten someone. It is a California regulation that if your dog bites someone then it has to be reported and you are fully responsible for any injury that comes from the dog injury. Dog bites usually result in puncture wounds which can lead to infection if not taken care of properly. You can also deal with scarring and lacerations. Getting bit by a dog is serious stuff and should not be treated lightly.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog then you have the right to seek compensation. Unless you were trespassing onto someone’s property then you may have a strong case to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Call 310-997-0904 or click here for our Los Angeles lawyer at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg to get a better understanding of what your options are if you were injured during a dog attack. We have represented so many clients in your position. Do not hesitate to start your free consultation with us today.