Dog Bite Attorney Delano, Dublin, Lompoc, and Los Banos
The state of California has some of the strictest liability laws in the U.S. for animal attacks and dog bites. Basically, if another person is bitten by your dog, you’ll be liable for their injuries, even the animal has never done this before. This differs from the other states’ “one bite” rule wherein the owner is only liable if the dog has attacked or bitten another person before or has a history of biting other domestic pets or people. If you’ve been bitten by a dog and have sustained injuries, the BL Personal Injury Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Most dog bite victims are unsure of what to do once they’ve been injured. The following 3 steps should be taken immediately:
- Obviously, you should get medical attention and have your injuries treated before you do anything else.
- Collect any evidence relative to your circumstances such as any insurance information, owner contact information, photos, and reports.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer and discuss your case with them, not a paralegal or a receptionist.
Remember, immediate action is paramount when you’re the victim of any animal attack and bite. Legal representation from the BL Personal Injury Law Firm ensures maximizing your settlement and ensures that your rights will be protected throughout the legal process.
Damages in a Dog Bite Case
To say the least, a dog bite can be a very traumatic experience that can leave the person permanently disfigured and/or scarred. Keep in mind that there are nearly 5 million dog bites that occur every year in the U.S. Unfortunately, most of them do not get reported and the victims receive no compensation for damages.
In many cases, the owner of the dog that bit you and their insurance company will be held responsible and have to pay “damages”, the cost of your injuries emotionally, financially, and physically. The more common damages in this type of case include:
- ER and Medical bills
- Lost income including future income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage related to the attack
- Punitive damages when owner’s behavior was particularly egregious
However, if you are partially at fault for the attack, your compensation could be reduced as a result. You might want to discuss the details of your case with one of our leading injury lawyers and get the right perspective on the whole case before you file a claim. Our lawyers will help to evaluate your claim and give you an estimate on the damages that you can recover. However, the key to winning any personal injury case be it a dog bite or any other type of accident is experienced legal representation. Don’t be one of the 5 million dog bit victims that does nothing and doesn’t get compensated for your injuries, contact the BL Personal Injury Law Firm. We would like to help you so don’t hesitate to call us today!