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Dog Bites Require Special Legal Handling Says Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorney

For Immediate Release
January 20, 20011 Los Angeles, California—Attorney Michael P. Ehline wants to discuss dog bites and the fact that they require special legal handling. Dog bites occur at an estimated rate of one every 40 seconds. In most states the owner of the animal is held liable for what their pet does, which leads many Santa Monica dog bite victims to believe they can just hire anyone.

This is not the case. Anyone in California who has complete knowledge of the laws that protect the dog bite victims’ rights to compensation. It is important to have an attorney that will look at not only the present injuries from the dog bite attack, but also future surgeries to repair disfigurement caused by the attack.
Dog bite attacks often include severe lacerations and puncture wounds; in some cases the attack is so severe it is fatal to the victim. There is also the psychological damage that is done when a person is attacked that could require therapy to overcome the emotional fear.

These types of attacks occur in children as well as adults; children are often more likely the victim of this kind of attack and sustain serious wounds to the face and head. The legislation that protects the victim that has suffered a canine attack is not fully understood by personal injury attorneys that do not specialize in this type of law.

This means they are not able to fight for the maximum amount of compensation for the permanent disfigurement, scarring, surgeries, therapies and other needs of the canine attack victim.

According to statistics there are an estimated 800,000 dog bites every year, with one in six of these being serious enough to require medical attention. In 2009 there were 368,000 victims with canine bites treated in hospital emergency rooms and is the fifth most common reason for visiting the hospital emergency room.

The statistics show that between 1993 and 2008 there were 9,500 dog bite victims hospitalized and the highest percentage of these patients were below the age of 5 or over the age of 65 years of age.  This problem is compounded when you have people walking their dogs at the beach, such as Venice Beach, or Santa Monica beach areas, or even in Marina del Rey, where dogs are everywhere.
According to the CDC every American has a fifty, fifty chance of being a victim of a canine attack and being bitten.

The Ehline Law Firm has an office in Santa Monica, and understands and believes people on vacation, or just hanging out at the beach, should be informed of the difference between the Santa Monica personal injury lawyer and the dog bite attack attorney with vast experience in annual dog attacks. Attorney Michael P. Ehline, has earned the respect of his peers and is a former active duty Marine, who carries these ethics into his legal representation of victims.

If you need to speak to a serious injury lawyer in Santa Monica for dog lacerations, bite injuries, eye injuries, disfigurement and blindness, contact us at 201 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310.376.8488.