Were you or someone you love attacked by a dog in California? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Learn more about dog bites in this video by Ventura dog bite attorney Craig Murphy.
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If you have been the victim of a dog bite here in California, what should you do? I am talking about a very serious and significant dog bite or mauling from a dog who has severely injured you. There are a couple of things that you need to do. Number one, you need to get to the emergency room or to a doctor to get treated. The reason that is critical that you get immediate treatment is there could be a severe infection that could develop from this dog bite if you don’t have it properly treated. There could be serious muscle and nerve damage if you don’t have it treated early on. As well as significant scarring that results from this attack if you don’t get it treated early.
In addition, you need to find out from the owner of that dog what the propensities are for this dog. Is this the type of dog that has vicious and dangerous propensities? Under California law, if you are bitten by a dog, that is not a mandate. In other words, it is not required that the owner of the dog knew that it was a vicious dog with vicious propensities. California law protects you in this situation. However, it’s good to know if that dog has ever done this before. You also need to contact and notify animal control because they need to investigate this. They need to see if this dog has all of its rabies shots. If this dog has a history of mauling people, they may take action. You not only have to protect yourself, but you have to protect other people as well.