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WHICH ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS BREEDS?

  • POSTED: August 18, 2017
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  • POSTED BY: TheChoyceLawFirm

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HELPS VICTIMS OF DANGEROUS DOG ATTACKS IN Fairfield, CA

Any dog who is raised incorrectly or treated poorly is capable of attacking a human and seriously injuring them. United States insurance companies pay out almost $500 million to victims of dog attacks each year and most insurance carriers maintain list of restricted breeds because although any type of dog can attack a human, statistics suggest that there are certain dangerous dog breeds that may be more likely to bite or attack a human than others. It’s important that, if you’ve been attacked by a dog in the state of California, you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm for free consultation.

According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the following dog breeds are statistically more dangerous:

  • Pit Bulls – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports 66 dog bite-related deaths from 1979-1988 and in 2013, pit bulls accounted for 78% of the 2 dog bite fatalities. Over 700 U.S. cities have regulations restricting pit bulls.
  • Rottweilers – Although rottweilers are generally calm, they can be territorial and aggressive towards strangers. The CDC reports 39 deaths from 1979-1988. If combined with Pit Bull breeds, they become a much more dangerous breed.
  • German Shepherds – These dogs are extremely intelligent and are often used as a guard dog, police dog or seeing eye dog. Because of their police work, they have been considered a dangerous breed and are “banned” in certain areas. The CDC reports 17 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Huskies – These dogs are known for their beauty and athleticism, especially working as sled dogs but if not properly trained, they can be extremely aggressive. The CDC reports 15 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Malamute – These dogs, although similar in appearance to the husky type, they are stronger, possessing wolf ancestry in their breed history, causing 12 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Doberman Pinschers – Often used as guard dogs, dobermans are extremely loyal but also very fatal. The CDC reports 9 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Chow Chow – These breeds are extremely territorial and protective of their property and people. Their temperament has resulted in 8 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988. Only experienced dog owners who have the time and energy to devote proper training should consider owning this breed.

Other breeds that are considered dangerous are:

  • Great Danes
  • St. Bernards
  • Bullmastiff
  • Akita
  • Presa Canario
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Dachshund

If you’ve been a victim of a dog attack from one of the above breeds or another type of dog, don’t wait to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Dog owners are reliable for maintaining their breeds and ensuring they are properly trained and socialized. If you’ve been injured, you can be entitled to compensation.

Regardless of the dog breed, California’s dog bite law clearly states the owner of the offending dog is responsible for the dog’s conduct at all times. That makes the owner responsible for any damages claimed by the victim. California, along with 31 states and the District of Columbia have laws identifying dangerous dogs. The purpose is not only to provide attention and warning, but to forewarn the owners that failure to abide by the laws to monitor, leash, fence and train their dogs, they could be subject to fines and in some extreme cases, incarceration.

Negligence and Liability

Most dog-attack personal injury claims fall under homeowners insurance policies. In order to pursue a successful personal injury claim, the victim must prove the dog owner was negligent. If you are able to prove negligence, you will then have to deal with the insurance company, who will often put up a fight with the settlement offer. Don’t take any offer until you’ve spoken with an attorney. If you are attacked by a dog, contact a skilled personal injury attorney who can assist you in your case.

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