I’m sorry to hear about the dog bite. Dog bites are becoming increasingly common in larger cities such as Los Angeles. As the population of dogs continues to grow, bites become more common. Although fortunately most dog bites do not result in death, it is common for dog bites to become infected.
The most common types of infections that occur due to dog bites are strep and staph infections. If they are treated immediately, they can be very easily cured. However, if the victim does not seek help immediately or they are not correctly diagnosed, they can spread quickly and cause serious medical issues. There are also some rare types of infections that are caused by dog bites that can easily result in death.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you should seek medical treatment. Normally the wound needs to be cleaned and dressed. It should also be monitored for signs of an infection for at least the next 24 to 48 hours.
Under California law, dog owners are legally responsible for the actions of their dogs. If a dog bite occurs, the dog’s owner has the legal responsibility to pay for medical expenses and other damages. If the dog is a stray or is not owned by anyone, you will have a more difficult case but there may be some steps you can take to get reimbursed, depending on the circumstances.
Call me, Conal Doyle, if you have been bitten by a dog and have been left with injuries in Los Angeles. My team can be reached at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.