Have dogs ever bitten you?
CDC has the shocking statistics for annual dog bites at 4.5 million! Even though the majority of the dog bites incidents happen to their own family members, it is very common as well for the dogs to attack other individuals at parks, on the streets, anywhere the dog is walked outside. Owner’s negligence is the main reason for that. The dog bite injury can be different from small to big, from light to serious and potentially dangerous to your life.
Some dog breeds are even prohibited by a lot of apartment communities due to the unpredictable behavior of the animal, sudden aggression and lack of owner's knowledge about the breed in general.
In cases when the dog wounds may seem small they are most likely to get infected which might turn into another serious issue and therefore require expensive medical treatment. CDC states that 1 out of 5 dog bites do get infected.
The dog may cause deep puncture wounds, severely torn tissue and ragged edges to your face, arms and other areas, which may increase the pain and suffering.
Depending on the case circumstances we will help you receive compensation for your medical bills, plastic surgery for scar reduction, pain (physical and emotional) and suffering, rehabilitation and counseling cost.
When this happens, the immediate legal action is a necessary step. Amerberg Law group specializes in dog bite accidents and has over 20 years of experience in this area of practice. You would need to consult our attorney no matter how big or small your injury is. We will help you receive the appropriate compensation and help you recover by referring you to the best doctors we work with. The potential value of your legal case will be advised to you by our great professional team and the strong representation will be provided to you on all the stages of the process. We can handle this for you and negotiate the most beneficial coverage with the dog owner’s insurance company.
What is an accident?
An accident is an event that occurrs during movement of a vehicle on a road and with its participation, in which people were injured or killed and vehicles, structures and property were damaged or other material damage was caused.
Let’s take a look at the most common ones:
- Driving under the influence
- Lane splitting
- Sudden stops
- Inexperienced drivers
- Left turn accidents
- Dangerous road conditions
- Vehicle defects
- Hazard on the road
- Weather conditions
Unfortunately nowadays Los Angeles is considered to have the highest rate of traffic accidents resulting in injuries and fatal outcomes in the United States.
In 2019 alone there have been roughly 54,000 collisions reported, making it a bit less than 2018, according to the LAPD including 236 reported deaths.
It is a very disturbing fact that the amount of traffic collision deaths is 32% more compared to the previous 5 years making the pedestrians the majority of the victims.
LAPD categorized over 25,300 crashes as hit-and-runs.
Pedestrian fatalities raised by 69% over the past few years.
Important to understand that fleeing the collision scene makes it a felony even in case it was not the driver’s fault.
The main reason for the crash increase was caused by DUI and texting
What to do in a car accident?
When you get into an accident you might feel many negative emotions, depending on the severity of the collision. It is important to pull yourself together (if possible) and take the following steps promptly:
- 1. Move to a safe area right away (if you can)
- Move your vehicle / motorcycle out of the way, for example the road shoulder, in order to prevent further harm. If your car is impossible to move, turn on your emergency lights to let other drivers know that you’re going to be there for a while.
- 2. Stop your car and get out of it
- Make sure that your car has come to a complete stop and is no longer moving, turn it off, put it into the park mode or use the hand break if you’re driving a manual. Take a deep breath and look around to make sure it is safe to get out before you open the door. Flares and other safety items might come in handy.
- 3. Check on other people
- Walk over to the other parties involved (drivers, passengers and pedestrians) in order to make sure they are not hurt. If someone is injured it is time to call 911. A person may be severely injured even if showing no significant signs other than dizziness and bruises.
- 4. Report to the police
- It is always best to have a police officer come to the scene which will allow you to prove important details in the future when dealing with the insurance company. Be careful not to admit fault or put the blame on the involved drivers right away at the scene. This would be the police job to adequately judge the situation and conclude whose fault it really is. There are cases when police often don't come to the scene (usually when there’s no injuries), in which case you can simply report your accident to your local DMV.
- 5. Information exchange
- Try to gather as much information as possible according to the list below:
- Name of the driver and the passengers
- License plate number
- Insurance information
- All involved vehicles makes and models
- Accident location
- The police officer’s name or badge number
- 6. Documenting the scene
- Most likely you have your smartphone with a camera, use it to take a few pictures of the accident. This will be a great addition to the other claim details.
- 7. File your insurance claim
- All these steps will make the process much smoother and less stressful.
Life is unpredictable so it is good to be prepared. Amerberg Law Group. Always here for you.