Oceanside Dog Bite Attorney
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Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets do not harm others. Though most dog bites are minor and do not result in serious injury, some attacks can be more vicious and cause permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Many dog owners have homeowner insurance that will often provide coverage for this type of premises liability claim. Dog owners, however, have the legal responsibility to prevent their pets from harming others, regardless of where the attack occurred.
In cases where the dog is being deliberately antagonized or abused, an owner may be allowed some leniency toward this obligation. Unfortunately, many dog bite victims are children who unintentionally startle or provoke the animal.
What to Do If A Dog Bites Your Child
If your child was bitten by a dog, it is important that you take the following steps:
- Get your child medical attention immediately (including psychological)
- Ensure that if the dog is still on the loose other people and children in the area are aware of the situation
- Report the bite to your local health department to find out if the dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations
- Report the bite to local animal services or animal control
- Report the bite to police
- If possible, take photos of the scene, the dog and your child's injuries; these may be helpful later on
Dog attacks involving children are often very serious, and can lead to complications with both physical and emotional recovery. Our dog attack lawyers are ready to stand by your side and help ensure your child receives the best possible care, as well as justice.
Trauma Following Dog Attacks:
The Kohn Law Office has successfully handled many serious dog bite injury cases. These injuries usually involve permanent scarring, and our office can obtain detailed scarring evaluations from respected plastic surgeons to help maximize the financial recovery you deserve.
Psychological Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
A dog bite can be equally as emotionally traumatic as it is physically traumatic. Especially in the cases of young children and adolescents, the attack can bring about issues with “security” and “trust.” In other instances, an attack can provoke symptoms associated with the onset of post-traumatic stress syndrome or post-traumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD). Dog bite victims will often require extensive counseling and therapy to recover from the emotional trauma of the attack.
Contact An Experienced Oceanside Dog Bite Lawyer For A Free Consultation
Russell Kohn provides aggressive, compassionate representation for individuals throughout the North County communities, including San Diego, Vista, Carlsbad, and Oceanside. Dog bite victims will need to speak with a qualified lawyer that they can trust: someone who understands the pain they are experiencing and can provide compassionate support at every turn. Russell Kohn is as compassionate as he is aggressive in obtaining justice and compensation for his clients.