Remember! Any Dog Can Bite

Every Dog Owner Should Know:
Dog Bites Can Be Dangerous And Severe


Dog attacks are capable of significant damage to disabling consequences such as serious physical wounds and emotional scars. Dog bites requiring medical attention range from minor nips to serious dog maulings; resulting in serious bodily injury and even death. An incident with a dog can result in emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related anxiety disorders.

Types Of Dog Bite Injuries:


  • Cuts and Lacerations

  • Abrasions

  • Crushing Wounds

  • Punctures

  • Fractured Bones

  • Death

  • Can cause fear of dogs


These wounds can often result in disfiguring scars. The central target area for the face includes the lips, nose, and cheeks. Dog bites are becoming more common because of the increase in dog ownership and the interaction of people and dogs. Many owners are ignorant of the proper care and training of dogs.



According to the National Humane Society, there are approximately 62 million dogs in the United States. Unfortunately, American are purchasing fiercer breeds and are leaving their dogs at home alone, untrained, and unsupervised.  Most dog bites or attacks occur when dogs are tied up for long periods of time or spend much of their time alone and therefore are not used to strangers. Many of these dogs may not have had basic obedience training.


A dog owner is strictly liable for every bite his or her dog inflicts on a person. This is true whether or not the owner believed beforehand their dog was dangerous or not. Dog owners are responsible for an injured person's loss of wages, medical expenses, pain, and suffering, including psychological damage. The old law was that an owner was not liable unless the dog had already shown it was likely to hurt someone.  However, the law has changed!  Most states including California hold owners strictly liable for the harm their dog causes to another. 

Dog owners can prevent bites by training and socializing their pets. There are humane societies everywhere that offer low-cost basic obedience classes which are highly recommended.


  • Never let a dog run at large

  • Keep a dog's vaccinations current

  • Keep your dog out of a stranger's path 

  • Keep your dog away from the front door

  • Never allow dogs to roam unleased


Dog Bites in Children:


  • 50% of dog attacks involved children under 12 years of age.

  • 70% of dog bite fatalities occurred among children under the age of ten.

  • Children aged 5 or younger are more likely to provoke animals.

  • Almost $165 million is spent treating dog bites and 70% of dog bites occur on the owner's property.

  • 82% of dog bites treated in an emergency room involved children under 15 years of age.

  • severe injuries occur almost exclusively in children less than 10 years of age.

  • Dogs should never be left unattended with small children.

Factors increasing the tendency of a Dog to Bite: 


  • Maltreatment

  • A threat to the dog's family

  • A threatened dog

  • Jealous dog

  • When approached by an unfamiliar dog be as still as possible

  • If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball and stay still

  • Fear of dogs because dogs pick up your fear


Important points to remember:
Do Not:


  • Hold your face close to a dog

  • Approach a strange dog

  • Leave a small child alone with a dog

  • Ignore the warning signs of aggressive behavior

  • Omit the required vaccinations of a dog

  • Tease or startle a dog

  • Disturb a sleeping dog

  • Disturb a dog that is eating

  • Disturb a dog caring for puppies

  • Run from or scream at the dog

  • Challenge the dog by staring it straight in the eye

  • Play with a dog until it becomes overexcited

  • Approach a dog immediately after entering its territory

  • Approach or bend over a dog especially if they are lying quietly


California Dog Bite Law

California has specific laws regarding dog bites. If you are the victim of a dog attack, Barry J. Simon a California dog bite lawyer will be able to answer all of your legal questions regarding California dog bite laws.  Learn More About California Dog Bite Law.


If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in from a dog bite incident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in dog bites accidents can help you recover damages lost as a result of this injury.  Call today (877) 733-4393 for a free consultation with California Personal Injury Lawyer Barry J. Simon.  You may contact him by email:  or complete the online Contact Form.


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