November 18th, 2019| If you were bitten by a dog that wasn’t leashed in public or enclosed on private property, you may be eligible for compensation. That’s because cities throughout California have ordinances that require owners keep their dogs leashed or enclosed when others are around, including when they’re in public or when others, such as neighbors and guests, may be nearby. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable if their dogs bite. Dog bites are serious injuries that can cause victims to suffer severe complications. Dogs have long, sharp teeth, and when they bite, they can puncture deep into the skin and muscle, causing victims to suffer severe wounds that can result in:
- Profuse bleeding—Dog bites can sever veins and arteries, resulting in potentially life-threatening bleeding
- Infection—Contrary to popular belief, dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria. When they bite, their teeth push bacteria into victims’ bloodstreams, creating a risk for local and systemic infection.
- Nerve damage—The size and shape of dogs’ teeth and their bite pressure means they’re capable of damaging skin, muscle, and even nerves when biting, which can result in disability.