A dog attack is one of the most terrifying things a person can go through. Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” yet they are still animals and may be prone to instinct. They may possibly have been abused or nurtured in a way that makes them violent. Please contact Pacific Attorney Group right away if you or a loved one has been harmed in a dog attack in the Los Angeles region.
We would be delighted to meet with you for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. A dog bite can be quite dangerous, especially if the victim is a tiny child. The chances of a child being bitten by a dog are 3.2 to 1 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of dog bite injuries occur on the face, which can lead to infection, scarring, and ugliness. If the injuries are severe enough, death is a possibility.
If a dog bites and injures another person without being provoked, the owner is strictly accountable in California. Only if the victim was trespassing on the dog owner’s property or if the victim provoked the dog, such as by tormenting or mocking it, will the rule be broken. Many dog bite claims are covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy, as well as an umbrella policy or any other coverage the dog owner may have for such situations.
A dog owner in California may be held strictly accountable for injuries that his or her dog causes to another person. This means that the dog owner could face legal consequences regardless of whether he or she acted maliciously or negligently. Even if the dog’s owner had no prior knowledge that the dog was dangerous or had never attacked or injured anyone, the owner could be held liable for financial damages paid to the victim for medical care, lost wages, emotional trauma, scarring and disfigurement, future medical expenses, and lost potential earnings.
The following are the only exceptions to the strict liability rule:
If the victim provoked or intimidated the dog in any way;
if the victim was trespassing or performing a criminal at the time of the attack;
If the victim was trespassing or conducting a crime at the attack
The dog was doing his duties (i.e., a police dog apprehending a suspect).
The dog was doing out his duties (i.e. a police dog apprehending a suspect).If the dog owner tries to claim that you provoked the dog or otherwise acted in a way that limits the dog owner’s liability, your lawyer will be ready with proof to back up your claim.
Contact a personal injury lawyer at our company. Though strict liability usually protects victims of dog bites and attacks, working with a personal injury attorney is still recommended if you want to ensure that you have the best chance of not only holding the responsible party accountable but also seeking fair financial compensation for your injuries.
After a dog bite, it’s critical to get medical help right away, especially in cases involving children, the immunocompromised, the elderly, or severe and deep bites. Dog bites put these people at a higher risk of developing an infection or other consequences.
Medical treatment is necessary for a variety of reasons. You are establishing medical documentation of your injuries when you seek medical help. This medical paperwork can assist you in proving your injuries and damages if you need to file a claim for a dog bite settlement.
According to data from many sources, familiar dogs get involved in many dogs bite assaults. It creates difficulty for individuals who have gotten hurt because no one wants to sue a friend or family member. However, as previously indicated, this is usually not necessary as long as insurance coverage is in place. Before launching a lawsuit, a dog bite claim can get filed, and a California dog bite attorney can assist with negotiating a settlement. The friend or family member is not responsible for the damages in such cases.
When someone is harmed as a result of a dog bite attack, the dog’s owner is usually held liable for the victim’s damages. In this aspect, California is a “strict liability” state, which means that the injured individual does not have to establish that the owner was negligent in order to get compensation. He or she just has to show that the dog belongs to the owner, that the dog bit the victim, and that the assault resulted in injuries and damages.
Dog bites that result in the wrongful death of a loved one may also be pursued for compensation. A wrongful death case involving a dog attack may be able to assist you pay for costs and recompense you for the loss of a loved one. Funeral costs, medical fees, and the loss of love and friendship are among these costs. Damages compensation, including the amount collected or awarded, varies from case to case. Wrongful death lawsuits involving dog bites or assaults are also subject to a statute of limitations.
If you or a loved one has gotten injured in a dog attack, call our office for a free consultation. Our experienced dog bite attorneys have a proven track record of helping our clients obtain meaningful compensation. We leverage our legal knowledge and negotiating skills to ensure insurance companies offer fair and reasonable dog bite settlements. If an insurer refuses to cooperate, we get fully prepared to litigate your case in court.
A dog bite assault is a distressing encounter that takes a toll on the victim’s physical, mental, and financial well-being. It occurs because people are unaware that they have a claim, are unaware of how to record and establish their dog bite claim properly, and lack the leverage and risk that a dog bite attorney brings to the table. Despite this, most dog attacks (4.7 million in the US each year) go unreported, and the victims do not get compensation for their injuries. Even when dog bite incidents are reported to insurance companies, since the victims do not get represented, they are frequently only offered 10-20 percent of the overall worth of their losses.
Immediate action is required to safeguard your legal rights in the event of a dog bite or assault. For years, we’ve been assisting victims of these atrocities. We are well aware of the chaotic nature of an attack’s early aftermath. Always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always That is what makes you unique. We’ll get you appointments with the best doctors to treat your injuries right away, send out private investigators to photograph the scene and speak with witnesses, contact police and animal control to obtain reports, and contact your insurance company to determine your policy limits and notify them that you’re being represented by a trial lawyer.
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