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Dog ownership is such a common sight that some people think it’s odd when they meet someone who doesn’t have a dog. According to the ASPCA, there are around 80 million dogs in the US and approximately 44 percent of all households in the US have a dog.

That’s a lot of dogs. While most interactions we have with dogs are fun, we recognize that the potential for a dog bite exists. Dog bites can be devastating and unexpected.

If you or a loved one have been hurt by a dog, you may need a San Mateo dog bite attorney. Allegiance law understands dog bite cases and can work with you to determine if anyone is liable for your injuries.

Why Do Dogs Bite

Most of the time, a dog bite is unexpected. With around 4.5 million dog bites occurring each year in the US, and almost a million of those getting infected, it is best to stay vigilant around them. This is even more true when you have children.

Children are at higher risk from severe injuries from dog bites because they are lower to the ground, more on the dog’s level. They also don’t have the ability to get away from an attack.

Dogs of all size can bite and usually they bite in reaction to something that scares it or stresses it. If a dog feels threatened, or something they love is threatened, they may bite to defend it. Sometimes, a bite is unintentional. Often, an owner gets bit when they get in between two dogs that are fighting. In an effort to keep their dog from injury, they themselves end up injured.

There are times when a dog owner’s negligence is the cause of a dog bite injury. If someone ignores municipal leash laws and their dog hurts someone, they could be held liable for any injuries sustained. Likewise, if someone knows their dog can be aggressive, or has a history of dog bites, they should not let their dog interact with others. If they do, their negligence can lead to disaster.

What To Do When It Happens

A dog bite can be scary for anyone, especially if a child is bitten. The potential for soft tissue injuries from a dog bite, and a subsequent infection, is high. Sometimes, people even need reconstructive surgery after a dog bite. Not only can injuries be physical, but emotional as well.

If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog contact the appropriate authorities so it is reported. After that, you may need a dog bite attorney in San Mateo. If someone else’s negligence has caused you or loved one harm, there is no reason you should be stuck with expensive medical bills. In fact, you may be entitled to compensation beyond medical bills. Here at Allegiance Law, we know how to handle these situations and will help you through them. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.