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Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorneys

If have suffered from a dog bite and you are in the greater Los Angeles area, our experienced and extremely well versed, Los Angeles dog bite lawyers are ready to assist you. Every day, close to 1000 individuals are treated in hospital emergency rooms for nonfatal, dog bite-related injuries and wounds. If you or a loved one have suffered as victims of a dog bite attack, you are entitled to fair compensation for your pain, suffering, and damages.

Dog bites can result in severe injuries with prolonged effects that may require long-term care. Such injuries may include:

  • Lacerations
  • Deep puncture wounds
  • Emotional distress
  • Psychological trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from the dog bite incident

No matter the type, degree, or extent of your dog bite injury, our extremely skilled and competent personal injury attorneys can file a dog bite lawsuit on your behalf to enable you to recover compensation for your losses, pain, suffering, and damages. We will typically file these suits against the owner of the dog responsible for attacking and biting you.

It is essential to note that California dog bite legislation imposes strict liability on dog owners, holding a high standard of accountability. This translates to the dog owner facing liability in the case of a civil lawsuit for a victim’s injuries, even in situations in which:

  • A dog does not have a history of biting someone in the past
  • The owner was not under the impression that his or her dog was dangerous

This is in direct contrast with legislation in other states pertaining to the “one-bite rule.” The one bite rule holds dog owners culpable or liable only in cases in which their dog has an established history of biting someone else, or has a history of violent behaviors.

Our law group’s highly skilled dog bite attorneys will help you file a dog bite lawsuit in addition to assisting you with:

  • The management of your ongoing medical care
  • Recovering the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries, damages, and personal losses
  • Filing a personal injury claim under the purview of the responsible dog owner’s insurance policy

Our law group is extensively versed in California dog bite legislation, and we work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to secure the compensation they deserve for their suffering. We will work endless to maximize your personal injury claim settlement.

What are some of typical injuries seen in dog bite cases?

Dog bite attacks are an increasingly common occurrence in the Los Angeles area, in addition to across the United States. Dog bites pose a medical risk and can result in long lasting physical and mental harm to victims. Recent research identified that nearly 1,000 individuals are provided medical treatment in hospital emergency rooms annually for nonfatal dog bite-related injuries.

Additionally, recent insurance report insights indicated that homeowners insurance paid out nearly $900 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries, as recently as 2021.

Dog bites can generate grim injuries. Victims may suffer from an array of the following conditions resulting from their injuries:

  • broken bones
  • puncture wounds
  • scarring
  • facial or bodily disfigurement,
  • painful infections
  • soft tissue injuries, and
  • psychological and emotional distress and trauma such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The most common form of dog bites are linked to breeds such as Pitt Bulls or Rottweilers.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite attack, it is critical that you following the steps listed below:

  • seek out necessary medical attention to treat your wounds and injuries
  • photograph your injuries as well the location in which the dog attack took place to carefully document the circumstances of the incident
  • Retrieve the contact information of the responsible dog owner including the identity, address, and phone number
  • Collect the contact information of any key eye witnesses who may been present at the time and scene of dog bite attack
  • Write down all the details of the dog bites in order to recall this information at later time; memories tend to fade or be inaccurate with time; keeping a careful account of the incident details may serve as critical evidence in a dog bite lawsuit

If you are unable to determine the contact information of the dog owner, it is important to contact local Animal Control authorities with the description of the attacking dog.

Who are typical defendants involved in dog bite cases?

If you or a loved one have suffered from the consequences of a dog bite, a California based personal injury attorney may be able to assist you by filing a lawsuit on your behalf. The typical defendant in a dog bite case is the dog owner responsible for the dog that bit the victim, prompting injuries.

California’s Civil Code section 3342 dictates the states legislation on dog bites. This legal statute renders dog owners strictly liable for injuries to others assuming the following conditions are met:

  • the person was not involved with provoke, teasing or angering the dog
  • the person was bitten in a public space or while lawfully situated on private property; the person was not found to be trespassing

Assuming a case is successfully filed under California dog bite legislation, as a dog bite victim, you can likely recover compensation for:

  • medical expenses & bills
  • loss of wages,
  • loss of productive earning capacity,
  • property damage,
  • pain and suffering,
  • emotional trauma
  • bodily disfigurement.

In the case of fatal injuries, which result from dog attack cases, a victim’s family members are eligible to pursue and file a wrongful death lawsuit against the dog owner. Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit can encompass the following:

  • funeral and burial expenses,
  • amounts the deceased would have generated as potential income, as well as      
  • compensation for the loss of the deceased’s support and companionship

What encompasses the role of a dog bite attorney?

Personal injury lawyers play a critical role in dog bite cases. They can help assist and facilitate a case by doing the following:

  • advising a dog bite victim on his or her legal rights and options,
  • collaborating with the victim’s medical providers to collect all relevant medical records pertinent to the dog bite injuries
  • helping a dog bite victim receive critical medical treatment and managing a dog bite victim’s ongoing medical care
  • collective critical evidence to help substantially increase the strength of the dog bite victim’s case,
  • negotiating the dog bite claim on the victim’s behalf with the insurance claim representative
  • filing a lawsuit on behalf of the dog bite victim in addition to representing the victim in court.

What is the advantage of retaining an experienced Los Angeles dog bite attorney?

Dog bite attorneys located in a Los Angeles dog bite case are eager to help you maximize the compensation that you can recover and receive for your dog bite-related injuries.

Lawyers are well versed in the extent of the true value of a personal injury case. Experienced dog bite attorney will be able to hold insurance companies and defendants to a standard that will compel them to pay fair compensation for your losses and damages.

Well-versed and experienced attorneys will also be able to identify hidden or concealed value in a dog bite case to help you recover and increased maximum payout for your losses.

It is important to note that while a dog bite attorney oversees the details of your case, you will be able to prioritize:

  • your health
  • healing from your injuries as a dog bite victim

In the case of a personal injury, such as a dog bite, most attorneys are willing to provide free legal consultations. A free consultation enables a dog bite victim to receive legal advice at no fee. This may help you determine what legal course of action you would like to pursue.

Personal injury attorneys are willing to work on a contigency basis, which does not entail payment upfront, and only secures payment for the attorney once the client receives a fair legal settlement.

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