Being attacked by a dog can be an extremely traumatic event. Many dog bites are from dogs that are familiar to their victims and often take place when the animal is surprised or afraid. Regardless of whether the dog is strange or familiar, dog bite injuries can be very painful and often require extensive and costly medical treatment. Thousands of Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and most of these victims are children. Emergency room visits are usually necessary to prevent dangerous infections and contagious diseases. Reconstructive surgeries become necessary when victims suffer deep lacerations. Regardless of the degree of the injury from the dog bite, it is always smart to seek immediate medical care.
Like most states, California has enacted specific laws addressing the liability of dog owners when a person is bitten by a dog. While a number of states require that a dog must have bitten another person at least once before a victim can file a suit against the owner, California does not follow the “one bite” rule. Under California Civil Code Section 3342, a dog owner will be held strictly liable for injuries when his or her dog bites another person. So long as the victim was in a public place or lawfully on private property, including the property of the dog owner, the owner of the dog will be automatically responsible for any damages the victim suffers from the attack. This means that even if the animal has never acted violently in the past and its owner had no knowledge of the dog’s vicious tendencies, the owner will still be held liable under California law.
An experienced Los Angeles dog bite injury attorney can help victims collect the compensation they deserve for their injuries and move forward with their lives. Dog bite victims are entitled to receive the following compensation:
Having a skilled Los Angeles dog bite lawyer on your side can help you get the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are fully prepared to fight for the rights of victims who have suffered dog bite injuries. Our lawyers are first rate trial attorneys who know how recover maximum compensation when you or your loved one are bitten by a dog. When you hire West Coast Trial Lawyers, we will take care of everything from start to finish. Our legal team will carefully listen to your story and outline all options available to you. We will answer all of your questions and make sure that you understand everything that is happening throughout the course of your case.
If you or your loved one is injured because of a dog bite, West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation. We handle our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay us if we get compensation for you. You can reach our legal team 24 hours a day by calling (888) 888-9285 or emailing [email protected].