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National Dog Bite Prevention WeekAs an experienced California dog bite lawyer, I have represented victims of dog bites in Santa Barbara Country and throughout the the state. National observances like National Dog Bite Prevention Week help bring attention and focus to an issue that impacts more people that we realize – dog bite injuries. There is no better time than now to take steps to educate yourself on how to prevent getting bitten by a dog – for yourself and for your family.

Millions of people are affected by dog injuries every year. Most of the victims of dog bites are children. 70 million dogs live in American households. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that, “Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis.”

Simple steps that you can do to avoid getting bitten by a dog or having your dog bite others include:

  • Hire a dog trainer for your family pet so they can receive the proper training.
  • Have your dog socialized to being around other dogs and people; especially young children. This will help in regulating your pets behavior.
  • Teach children how to approach your dog and other people’s dogs – with caution and care.

Here is a list of dog bite facts found on www.AVMA.org:

  • Every year, more than 4.5 million people in the United State. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in every 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • On a yearly basis, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites.
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites and the most likely to be severely injured.
  • Dog bites affecting children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

If you are the victim of a dog bite or injury:
California is one of the top ranking states based on the frequency of serious dog injuries. In the state of California, dog owners are held liable for injuries inflicted by their dog, even if the dog had never injured anyone before. Victims of dog bites can be justly compensated for medical expenses with proper legal representation. If you have been bitten by a dog in Santa Barbara County or anywhere in California and want to know your right, we invite you to contact The Law Offices of Bradford D. Brown, A.P.C. Even if you think that the bite is insignificant, seek medical care right away due to the potential for rabies and infection.