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Dangerous Snake Bites

Oakland Personal Injury Attorney

Although less common than dog bites or other animal attacks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that snake bites affect approximately 7,000 to 8,000 people in the United States each year. These attacks come from both wild and domesticated snakes, and the costs for treatment can be extremely expensive.

If you were bitten by a poisonous snake, it is important to discuss your options to pursue compensation for your injuries and expenses with an experienced Oakland personal injury lawyer at Clancy & Diaz, LLP.

Pet Snake Bites in Oakland

Many people enjoy keeping snakes as pets, but in the event that the reptile harms another person, the owner could be held liable for any resulting injuries. Under state law, pet owners can be held liable for injuries caused by any wild animals they keep as pets, and also for injuries caused by domesticated animals with a "dangerous propensity". This means that if you were bitten and suffered serious injuries because of someone's pet snake, they could be held liable for your damages under personal injury law.

Wild Snake Bites in the Bay Area

Snake attacks can occur in a variety of circumstances, and victims can be bitten while hiking or walking, working on a property with overgrown areas, or even going about their daily business in a more urban area. There are a number of snakes commonly found in the Bay Area, perhaps the most dangerous being the Western Rattlesnake.

If you are bitten by a snake, the California Poison Control Center gives the following instructions:

  • Remain calm
  • Gently wash the bite area with soap and water
  • Remove watches, rings, and other pieces of jewelry that may constrict swelling
  • Immobilize the area affected by the bite
  • Safely go to the nearest medical facility as soon as possible

The Extreme Costs of Treating Snake Bites

Treatment for snake bites can be very costly and may require hospitalization for any number of days. The care required to treat a snake bite is so expensive because of the exorbitant cost of antivenom. In 2012 an exchange student in San Diego was bitten by a rattlesnake, and his bill for medical care and antivenom treatment came out to nearly $144,000. Antivenom is so expensive because the production process is very risking, complicated time-consuming, and costly, and unfortunately, entirely necessary to treat victims in many situations.

Seeking Compensation for Snake Bites in Oakland, CA

At Clancy & Diaz, LLP our team is experienced in representing clients who have been harmed in a variety of accidents, and we can help you pursue rightful compensation for your snake bite injuries. If your injuries were caused by another person's negligence, we can assist you in filing a detailed personal injury claim and provide you with aggressive advocacy to seek your best interests.

We understand that the costs of your treatment are overwhelming, and we believe you deserve a fair settlement to help cover these expenses. Contact an Oakland snake bite lawyer from our firm today to discuss your case and to learn what legal options are available to you.

Call Clancy & Diaz, LLP at (510) 251-8868 to learn your options to pursue compensation.