Animal Attacks in Oakland

Oakland Personal Injury Lawyers

Bites and attacks caused by animals, both domesticated and wild, can lead to severe injuries and illnesses. If the attack was the result of another person's negligence, they may be liable for any harm sustained by a victim under personal injury law. Our team at Clancy & Diaz, LLP has provided countless victims throughout the Bay Area with exceptional legal counsel, and our Oakland personal injury attorney can help you seek fair compensation for any harm suffered in a negligent animal attack. If you believe another party is liable for your injuries, do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your rights and options - call us at (510) 251-8868.

Domesticated and Wild Animal Attacks

Although most pets are docile and loving, domesticated animals can cause severe injuries if they attack. If the attack was the result of negligence on the part of the owner, they could be liable for any harm their pet caused to the victims. Whether the pet has a history of aggression or the animal was frightened or provoked, the owner could be responsible for the resulting injuries. For instance, a dog may attack a neighbor's child, a horse could buck off a rider and cause head and neck injuries, or a cat may attack a visitor to the home and cause deep scratch or bite wounds.

Each year many people in Alameda County sustain serious injuries after being attacked by wild animals. These attacks can take place in both urban communities and natural, unkempt areas, and victims can be harmed by larger predators like coyotes, mountain lions, and bobcats, or smaller but still dangerous creatures like snakes.

The Dangers of Spider Bites

There are a number of dangerous spiders that are native to California, and being bitten can lead to serious illness and the need for immediate medical care. Some of the most common harmful spiders found in the state include black widows, wolf spiders, jumping spiders, running spiders, and hobo spiders. Although brown recluses have been documented on occasion, these incredibly dangerous spiders are not native to California.

There are a number of steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that individuals and property owners can take to prevent spider bites and help reduce the amount of spiders residing on the premises.

Some of the preventative steps that can be taken to avoid spider bites include:

  • Minimizing empty spaces between stacked items
  • Clear or reduce ruble and debris from outdoor work areas
  • Eliminate or trim tall grass and weeds from outdoor work areas
  • When possible, store clothing and outdoor equipment in tightly sealed plastic bags
  • Shake out and inspect any clothing, footwear, and equipment before use
  • When handling stacked or previously undisturbed piles of materials, wear such protective clothing as long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, boots, and a hat

If you are bitten by a spider, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Remain calm
  • If possible to do so safely, identify the type of spider; this information will aid in treating the bite
  • Wash the bite with soap and water
  • To reduce swelling, apply a cloth dampened with cold water or filled with ice to the bite area
  • Elevate the bite area if possible
  • Do not attempt to remove the venom yourself
  • Seek immediate medical attention

Compensation for Victims of Animal Attacks

If the animal attack in which you were injured was the result of another party's careless or reckless actions, they may be liable for your damages under personal injury law. Our attorneys at Clancy & Diaz, LLP are experienced in representing clients who have been harmed in all kinds of negligent accidents. We may be able to help you seek fair compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, so it is important to contact an Oakland injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you believe you have grounds to file a personal injury claim, don't hesitate to call our offices to determine your legal options!