How to Prevent a Dog Bite Lawsuit

According to reports, dog bites are on the rise in Southern California; in San Diego County alone, there were more than 450 cases in 2016. With so many dog bites occurring in the area, experts are trying to do everything they can to teach people, especially children, about the dangers associated with dogs. So far this year, one death from a dog attack has been reported after a three-week-old baby was left alone in a house with three dogs in Michigan.

In a previous blog, we looked at what you can do after being bitten by a dog. Now we look at ways to prevent dog bites from occurring.

How Common are Dog Bites?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are between 4.5 and 4.7 million people bitten by dogs in the United States each year. While a vast majority of these dog bites are not deadly, around 30 people a year die from dog bites.

Death usually occurs due to an infection forming in the dog bite wound. One out of five people contract an infection in their wounds, and these can result in death if not treated properly.

In 2016, the deaths of two men in Biola, California were linked to five dogs that may have attacked them. The dogs’ owner is currently on trial, although evidence may point to other animals in the area that may have caused the men’s death.

Who is at Risk?

Due to vulnerability, children are the most likely to be injured or killed due to a dog bite. In addition, children playing with dogs can be unintentionally forceful during play, causing a dog to react violently. Children between 5 and 9 years old are the most likely to be bitten, and this could be attributed to being curious about the animal.

While children are the most likely to be bitten, men are more likely than women to be victims of a dog bite. This could be due to men being the predominant owner of larger, more aggressive dogs.

How do You Prevent Dog Bites?

There are a few basic tips to keep you or a loved one safe from dog bites. These include:

  • Stay still when a new, unfamiliar dog approaches you,
  • If a dog knocks you down, curl into a ball and cover your ears and neck with your hands; and
  • Inform an adult or the proper authorities if a stray dog is in the area.

If a dog does attack you, try to put something in between you and the dog as a barrier. For example, it could be something as simple as a coat, jacket, or backpack. However, if you can get something larger than you should make sure that separates you and the animal. Having a barrier between you and the dog can limit the damage done, if a dog attacks.

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If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on achieving the compensation you deserve. Visit our dedicated page on dog bites or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.

Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?

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When a death occurs at the hands of a negligent person, organization, or entity, that party can be held liable for causing the death. Legal fault must be proven in the court of law for the family of a deceased person to receive any type of compensation. All wrongful death lawsuits must be filed by a victim’s surviving family or a representative of the victim.

The Kelsey Fourdyce Case

In May of 2017, the parents of Kelsey Fourdyce filed a wrongful death lawsuit against 626 Jackson Street LLC in San Francisco Superior Court. Fourdyce was found dead in the Great Star Theater in San Francisco and was the victim of rape. Toxicology reports found a date rape drug in her bloodstream.

Fourdyce was apparently attending an evening event at the Chinatown theater, but was not found until noon the next day. The family is holding the venue responsible for her death and hope to obtain “general damages, special damages, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just”.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A representative can file a wrongful death lawsuit on the part of a victim. There are several representatives that can file a claim, and they include:

  • Immediate family members, like in the case of Kelsey Fourdyce,
  • Life partners,
  • Financial dependents,
  • Common law spouses, also known as putative spouses,
  • Distant relatives,
  • All person connected to a victim who suffer financially from the death, and
  • Parents of a deceased baby or fetus.

Who can be Sued in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A representative can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against a wide variety of entities. For example, the parents of Kelsey Fourdyce have filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the Great Star Theater. Those who can be sued in a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • An employer at fault in a vehicle accident,
  • The driver of a company at fault in a vehicle accident,
  • A government employee who didn’t give enough warning in regards to road dangers that led to an accident,
  • A company, employer, or business that provided or installed a dangerous part of the vehicle,
  • An individual which provided alcohol to an already under the influence driver, or
  • The owner of a business or property that served alcohol to someone who was impaired from drinking or drugs.

California Utility Lawsuit

In May of 2017, the families of 18 people who died in Oakland, California filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric. The families claimed that the warehouse the individuals were working in had faulty and illegally installed electrical hookups. There had been numerous complaints about the warehouse, but nothing had ever been done about them. Now, the families are seeking to punish PG&E for negligence and the wrongful deaths of their loved ones.

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If you or a loved one has experienced the wrongful death of a family member or loved one, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on the compensation you deserve. Visit our dedicated page on bus accidents or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.