Dogs are some of the most loving and loved members of many communities. They are most often friendly, energetic, and lovable.
So, it is no wonder that everyone wants to pet them. Sadly, however, some dogs aren't always well behaved and can bite strangers that they don't trust.
A dog bite is not only painful, but it can also become a lasting injury, requiring reconstructive and scar revision surgery. This in turn may require you to take a considerable amount of time off from work.
In addition, psychological counseling may also be needed to cope with post-traumatic stress following a dog bite. What’s more, the medical costs associated with treating a dog bite are often much higher than one would expect.
The bottom line is that the costs associated with a dog bite can add up quickly. So, whenever you have been bitten, even if it's by your neighbor's family pet, you deserve to be compensated.
For help with a dog bite claim in California, call EAccidents to schedule a consultation with an experienced California dog bite lawyer. We hold dog owners and other negligent parties accountable in dog and animal bite cases and will fight to get you and your family the maximum compensation for your case.
In California, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries and losses suffered by anyone who has been bitten or attacked by their dog while in a public place or lawfully on public property. This includes bites that occur on the dog owner's property, regardless of negligence.
However, exceptions to this strict liability rule exist for cases in which the victim was trespassing when the bite or attack occurred. So, if there was a “no trespassing” sign or a sign warning you to stay off the property, and you ignored it, your claim will be weakened. Similarly, if you were burglarizing someone’s home when you were bitten, it is unlikely that you will recover any compensation for your injuries.
Exceptions also exist for dog bite cases where the dog was being provoked, teased, or abused. Provoking, annoying, or harming an animal is not acceptable behavior and California law recognizes this, except if the victim is very young and, as such, lacks the requisite intent.
The process for filing a dog bite claim is essentially the same as for filing a claim for other types of personal injuries, like car accident claims and slip fall injury claims. It starts with taking action and gathering evidence to support your claim
Here’s what to do after being bitten by a dog in California:
If you have suffered any significant injury as a result of a dog bite, you should consult with an attorney. A significant injury is any injury where there is bloodshed, broken bones, or soft tissue injuries, like torn or strained muscles and ligaments.
Significant injuries require medical treatment. The assistance of an attorney will give you a much better chance of being compensated fully and fairly for the cost of this treatment.
If the dog owner has homeowners or renters insurance, the odds of recovering compensation are vastly in your favor. This is because most homeowners and renters insurance policies cover dog bites and other dog-related injuries.
However, what you need to be concerned about is:
If the dog owner doesn't have any insurance at all, there may still be avenues to recover compensation. For instance, there may have been another liable defendant involved.
You may be able to bring a case against someone, such as the landlord, the store owner, or the restaurant where the bite took place.
Likewise, you may be able to sue the person who was handling the dog at the time of the attack, the local animal control agency, or the local city government for negligence.
But, only a knowledgeable dog bite attorney, like those at EAccidents, will be able to identify the various parties with whom liability for your dog bite injury might lay.
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog in California, we can help you recover compensation. We have the knowledge, the experience, and the desire to seek justice on your behalf. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced California dog bite lawyer.
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