Have you been bitten or hurt by a dog? Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison can help you get compensation.
Even the sweetest, most even-tempered dog has the potential to bite and cause serious injuries. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they can and should pursue a personal injury claim following a dog bite. If you have been bitten by a dog and you are confused about your rights and options, the best course of action is to contact an experienced dog bite injury attorney like PLBSH for advice.
Understanding California Dog Bite Liability
Under California law, dog owners and handlers are strictly liable for their pets’ actions. There is no requirement to prove that the dog had a history of biting or was known to be dangerous. If a dog bites—and you did nothing to provoke the dog—the owner is liable for failing to control their pet.
Dog owners are also liable for other types of injuries that their pets may cause. For example, if an unleashed dog knocks a person down or trips them in a park, the owner would be liable for any injuries such as bruises, sprains, cuts, or broken bones that the person suffered as a result of their fall.
In addition to California law, there may be other local regulations that apply to dogs and could have bearing on liability in your case. So, never just assume you lack grounds for personal injury case following a dog-related incident. Instead, always ask the at PLBSH for advice.
Now You May Wonder…
…Is My Case Worth Enough to Justify Hiring an Attorney?
If you’ve been bitten by a dog and the owner admits they are responsible, they may try to convince you that the injury is not very serious and you really don’t need to hire an attorney. They may even assure you they will pay your medical bills themselves. Of course, it would not be wise to agree to this without first seeing a doctor.
Even a seemingly minor dog bite injury could entitle you to a significant amount of compensation—perhaps more than the dog owner is willing to pay. Here’s why:
- Any dog bite injury will be a traumatic experience deserving of compensation for mental anguish
- Even a shallow dog bite may become infected and require additional medical attention
- Deep or ragged wounds may scar
- Serious wounds may make you miss work or cause permanent disability
- Facial wounds may require scar reduction surgery
In order to preserve your ability to secure full and fair compensation for your injury and all its repercussions, it is advisable to involve a dog bite injury attorney like PLBSH right away. We will help you get appropriate medical care and make sure your injury and suffering is properly documented. We can then assist you in negotiating a settlement with the dog owner’s insurance company or in filing a lawsuit against them.
Call Now to Get Started
Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison is always here to offer fast and professional assistance in case of a dog bite injury. Just call us at (800) 435-7542 to get started. The initial consultation is always free, and if your case has merit we will represent you with no payment due unless we win your case.