Most dogs are friendly and cohabitate with humans without any issues. However, any dog may suffer from a momentary lapse of judgment which results in biting a person. The Canine Control Board estimates there are over five million dog bites per year in the United States with 4.5 million of those occurring to children under the age of 14. About one third of all bites require medical attention and 20 percent require reconstructive surgery.
An Orange County dog bite attorney can assist victims or families of victims after an incident has occurred and help explain the legal process to those who are injured. An attorney will also provide information on the relevant laws in California regarding pet bites so that affected individuals may alter their plans as necessary. A lawyer specializing in these cases is knowledgeable about injury claims and medical bills that occur as a result of dog bites, particularly in the case of children who incur emotional trauma following an attack.