Dog Bite & Animal Attack Lawyers In California
Although dogs are referred to as man’s best friend, the truth is dogs are still animals that may, at any given point, have certain animal instincts which may be dangerous or hard to control for owners.
Southern California is ideal for owning a pet, particularly a dog. Its near-perfect temperature and varied landscape provide lots of possibilities for owners and their pets to explore and play.
While it has been established that dogs can benefit their owners’ well-being, dogs can occasionally engage in violent or unwelcome encounters. This includes a human attack or causing serious injury as a result of a dog bite.
Have You Suffered A Dog Bite? – Let Our Lawyers Help You
According to the CDC, around 4.5 million dog bites occur annually. While the bulk of these occurrences involves dogs biting members of their homes, dogs do occasionally bite other people due to their owners’ irresponsibility. When this occurs, dog bite victims may file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner or handler.
If you have suffered a dog bite in Southern California, you may be able to file a dog bite claim to seek justice and financial compensation. Like around 35 other states, California has “strict liability” rules, meaning pet owners are liable for most dog-bite injuries. When pursuing a settlement, it is beneficial to be conversant with California law.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Dog Bite?
According to California’s strict liability laws, the owner of the dog is entirely responsible for any dog bites; thus, if you were bitten by a dog and want to sue for damages, you should do so. Contact us at 800-333-0000 if you would like more details.
According to the law, the dog owner is not permitted to make the following claims in a personal injury case:
- They had no idea their dog could be deadly. Even if the dog has never bitten anyone before or has no history of being violent toward people, the strict liability dog bite statute applies.
Furthermore, the dog owner is strictly accountable only if the injured victim:
- Was either in a public place or “lawfully in a private place” when bitten.
- Was fulfilling a legal function (for example, delivering mail) may lawfully be on private property.
If a victim was bitten by a police dog or military dog acting in the line of duty or in self-defense against obnoxious behavior, this regulation does not apply.
Contact a personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker if you or someone you know has suffered a dog bite. We have skilled dog bite lawyers ready to discuss your claim and assist you in your quest for financial compensation for a dog bite injury.
There Is No Such Thing As A Free Bite
In some areas, a dog’s owner is only responsible for the first “free bite” the animal makes. Regardless of whether the dog had been bitten or was otherwise known to be dangerous, dog owners in California are fully accountable for any injuries brought on by their pets. Therefore, don’t let a dog owner’s surprise, worry, or apology cause you to waive your legal right to pursue financial compensation. The owner’s insurance might cover your damages.
What Injuries Caused by Dog Bites and Animal Attacks Are Most Common?
Due to the potential for infection from disease or bacteria the dog carries, dog bite victims frequently need serious medical intervention. Many dogs are infected with bacteria and diseases that medications need to be treated immediately.
It might be costly to receive emergency care immediately after an incident and to go by medical transport to a facility for treatment. However, it can be required in the case of a dog bite attack.
Our dog bite lawyers will fight hard to obtain full compensation for any long-term rehabilitation needs caused by complications of injuries such as:
- Scarring and Deformity of the Face
- Damage to the Nerves
- Injuries to the Eyes
- Extremely Severe Infections, Such As Rabies
- Finger and Nose Amputation
- Back Pain
- Brain Trauma/Serious Injury
- Injuries to the Head
- Broken Bones as a Result of an Attack
- Psychological Trauma
If you do not have health insurance, the firm can arrange for medical bills to be compensated once your dog bite claim has been settled. There is no cap on health coverage; we will arrange care for you regardless of cost or length.
Fees, representation, and litigation costs are subject to a contingency fee, meaning payment to the firm is not required until a favorable settlement is obtained.
What Factors Contribute to Dog Attacks in California?
Dog bite injuries can range from minor cuts to severe lacerations and deep puncture wounds. The most common cause of dog bite accidents and attacks is inattentive, abusive, and negligent dog owners.
Careless owners can quickly lose control of their dogs—this lack of control results in a potentially deadly encounter between the animal and the general public.
The following are the most common causes of dog bites and other animal attacks:
- Animal Care That is Irresponsible
- Inadequate Medical Treatment for the Dog
- Mistreatment or Abuse
- A Dangerous Dog
Some of California’s best dog attack lawyers can gather facts and develop a solid dog bite case against the negligent party. We have extensive experience in dog bite law, and our firm will acquire expert medical testimony regarding the nature of your injuries and prognosis.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive If I Suffered A Dog Bite Accident?
Depending on the facts of the case, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- Scar Reduction Surgery
- Therapy and Counseling Costs
- Past and Future Loss of Income
- Emotional Pain/Mental Anguish
- Physical Pain and Suffering
You can rely on our aggressive dog bite injury lawyers to work hard to maximize compensation and resolve your claim as quickly as possible.
Providing Recovery Support To Dog Bite Victims
To ensure that your interests are protected up until a settlement in your favor is achieved, you are strongly advised to contact one of our skilled dog bite injury lawyers right away. Our lawyers are competent to litigate all dog bite situations and handle all conversations with insurance companies and negligent parties, to lessen our clients’ pain while recovering from their injury.
Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to advocate for your best interests in discussions with all parties at fault, including their insurance company.
Speak With A California Dog Bite Lawyer Now
Our personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker keep a laser-like focus on you as the client, which motivates us to win you a fair settlement. We employ some of California’s most skilled dog attack lawyers. Our law firm has resources to address inquiries about your dog bite injury claim, the legal system, or the negotiation process.
We will travel to your house or the hospital following your dog bite incident, so you don’t have to worry about what is next and just focus on recovery.
If you would like a free consultation about a potential dog bite injury claim, please contact us at 800-333-0000. We offer no-risk representation for our clients, so you will not have to pay for our services unless we win your case.