Although most dogs are friendly, gentle pets, any dog is capable of biting someone. In fact, millions of people are bitten by dogs across the nation each year; nearly half of them are children. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite accident in Southern California, turn to SoCal Injury Lawyers.
Our dog bite injury lawyers are committed to holding negligent dog owners accountable and helping dog bite victims obtain just compensation. When you consult with us, we will take the time to explain all your rights, help you find the medical treatment you need, and explore all options for recovering damages.
We have in-depth knowledge of the applicable dog bite laws, are fluent in Arabic and Spanish, and have a proud tradition of representing underserved communities. We understand that being injured in a dog attack is an overwhelming experience and will provide you with knowledge, compassion and the personal attention you deserve.
SoCal Injury Lawyers handle all dog bite claims on a contingency basis. This means that you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we get compensation for you. The sooner you contact us for a free consultation, the sooner we can get started on your case.
Who is Liable for a Dog Bite in California?
While dog bite rules vary from state-to-state, and some states rely on the so-called “one-bite rule,” dog owners in California are strictly liable for dog bites. This means a dog owner can be sued regardless of whether he or she knew, or should have known, that the dog was dangerous. The dog owner cannot be held liable, however, if the victim provoked the dog or trespassed on the owner’s property.
In addition, any party who is responsible for the care or custody of a dog (e.g. who works in a kennel, pound or animal shelter) can be held liable. Also, a landlord must take steps to prevent others from being attacked by a tenant’s dangerous dog; both the dog owner and the landlord can be held legally responsible for a dog bite accident. The best way to protect your rights if you have been bitten by a dog is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Damages That Can Be Recovered
Dog bite claims typically involve a negotiation with an insurance company since these accidents are covered under homeowner’s insurance. You should never go up against an insurer alone. They have an unfair advantage over dog bite victims and seek to settle claims for as little as possible.
Our dog bite lawyers will use their sharp negotiating skills to get you just compensation. If the insurer fails to pay the full value of your claim, we are fully prepared to litigate. In any event, we will work tirelessly to help you recover damages such as:
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring, permanent disfigurement
- Ongoing medical care (e.g. rehabilitation, psychological counseling)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If the dog’s owner recklessly failed to restrain a dangerous dog or intentionally provoked the dog attack, you may also be awarded punitive damages. At SoCal Injury Lawyers, we will fight to win you every dollar you deserve.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Depending on the breed of dog, the severity of the attack and the location of the wound on the victim’s body, dog bites can cause all types of injuries, including:
- Puncture wounds
- Torn tissue or muscle
- Facial disfigurement
- Nerve damage
- Trauma and emotional duress
A serious dog bite can be fatal, and small children are most at risk of wrongful death. In addition, victims can also be injured by being knocked down by a dog, which can result in fractures, head injuries or traumatic brain injuries. Some dog bite victims require psychological counseling to overcome the trauma. Given the lasting repercussions of dog bite injuries, pet owners must be held accountable. Our dog bite lawyers will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Experienced Southern California Dog Bite Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, the first thing to do is seek medical treatment. A dog bite left untreated can lead to worsening injuries, infections, and possibly death if the animal is disease-ridden.
Once you have started to recover, contact SoCal Injury Lawyers. Our dog bite lawyers have a proven history of achieving successful outcomes inside and outside of the courtroom. We have the skill and experience to win you meaningful compensation whether through negotiation or litigation.
At SoCal Injury Lawyers, we know that being injured in a dog bite accident is a painful, traumatic experience. When you become our client, we will provide you with compassionate representation and stand by you every step of the way. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation.