If you polled every person in the United States, you would find that the vast majority of them adore dogs. They find them to be amusing, pleasant, and reassuring in their own way. Unfortunately, not every dog can be classified into one of these groups. It is possible for a dog to bite for a variety of reasons, including being aggressive, afraid, or suffering from an illness.
It is always worthwhile to consult with a personal injury attorney when a dog attacks you, no matter what the circumstances are or whose dog it is. Continue reading to learn more about these incidents, and then call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys.
Every dog bite is a severe incident
No matter how little the bite is, even if a dog does not penetrate the skin, it is a scary scenario to be in. Depending on how deeply the dog punctures the flesh, it is possible to sustain severe cuts and major lacerations. Stitches are frequently necessary in these situations. Besides the possibility of infection, a dog bite can result in broken bones, disfigurement, and fear. In extreme cases, a dog bite might result in amputation of a limb or nerve damage that lasts a lifetime. It is possible to die as a result of a dog bite in the worst of circumstances
Owners of dogs are held strictly responsible
When it comes to dog bites, California has severe liability rules in place. In other words, you won’t have the hassle of demonstrating that the dog was dangerous or that the dog’s owner should have realized the dog was a threat to others. The fact that the dog bit you once is sufficient evidence. A legal claim for compensation for your injuries will be available unless you provoked the dog or were in an unlawfully entered area of the property where you were attacked.
An attorney can assist you in putting together your case
The fact that there is strict responsibility does not imply that you are wise to continue without the assistance of a lawyer. There are certain exceptions to this strict responsibility rule, and understanding them can be difficult and time-consuming. You can bet that an insurance company will not provide you the best possible payment simply because they want to be nice to you. They are in the business of making money, thus it is in their best interests to get you to settle for as little as possible.
A lawyer will know how much your claim is worth and what steps need to be taken to obtain it if you hire them. They will know how to bargain vigorously with insurance adjusters in order to get you a reasonable settlement. We understand how these cases are handled, we understand the arguments that the insurance company will make, and we understand how to counter those reasons.
You are not bringing a lawsuit against a family member
It is typical for dog bite victims to decline to file a lawsuit after being bitten by a dog because they do not want to sue a friend or family member. First and foremost, be aware that, in the majority of situations, a person’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy will cover the claim – not your friend or loved one directly. Second, keep in mind that someone is going to have to pay for your medical bills, missed earnings, and other related expenses. Why should you be the one? Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.