San Diego Dog Bite Lawyers: Fighting for Your Safety
San Diegans are like most Americans in that they love their dogs. Dogs are part of the family for most, and while this is admirable and generally positive, it can also lead to disastrous situations. Thousands of people are attacked by dogs every year in California, and if this has happened to you or someone you love you need the help of San Diego dog bite lawyers.
Below you'll find information regarding the types of fallout that can result from a dog bite and how you should proceed if you or someone you love has been harmed by a dog and needs the help of San Diego dog bites lawyers.
Residual Effects of Dog Bites
Below are common results for those who have been wrongfully attacked and bitten by a dog:
Scarring - Most individuals who have suffered dog attacks have some permanent scarring. Corrective plastic surgery can often reduce the scars but even with the best surgical care, in many instances, there will be permanent residuals, scars that our clients will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Depression and compromised self-esteem - Severe scarring often leaves the victim significantly depressed. Our attorneys understand that visible, disfiguring scars can profoundly affect a person's sense of self. In representing our clients we always consider the effect of the injuries and scarring on the person's self-esteem and ability to function.
Residual emotional trauma - Another negative result from dog bites is post-traumatic distress disorder, with symptoms of sleep disturbance, increased anxiety and irritability, preoccupation with the attack, inability to concentrate, and fear of dogs.
General Considerations Regarding Dog Bites
Dog attacks are a serious medical and social problem. More than four million dog bites are reported each year in the United States overall, and many more go unreported. In California, dog bite victims may benefit from law that places strict liability on the dog owner, regardless of whether the dog has bitten someone in the past or not.
Not only can a dog owner whose dog bites and injures someone face civil liability, but that dog owner can face criminal liability in certain situations as well. Regardless of the consequences for the dog's owner, the information above should explain to anyone that the consequences for the victim of a dog bite are also quite severe.
San Diego Dog Bites Lawyers - How to Proceed
Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic event. Furthermore, it can cause not only physical scarring, but emotional scarring and persistent fear. Anyone who has ever experienced a dog attack knows how terrifying it is. At Mitchell | Gilleon, we understand that the consequences of a dog attack for the victim. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been harmed in this manner, contact the San Diego dog bite lawyers at Mitchell | Gilleon today to schedule a free initial consultation.