Experienced Dog Bite Attorneys
If a dog attacked you in California, you have the right to take legal action. Civil Code 3342 imposes liability on pet owners for injuries caused by their pets, regardless of whether the dog has acted aggressively in the past. Dog bite laws allow you to file a compensation claim for your injuries.
Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorneys
Dog Bite Injuries
Focusing on recovery and getting better should be your top priority, not fighting with insurance adjusters over claim details. An experienced dog bite attorney will preserve evidence and build a case strategy for you.
At Amicus Legal Group, we will work toward negotiating an out-of-court settlement or civil trial judgment to compensate you for the harm and damage you sustained, including:
- Crush injuries
- Death, for surviving family members
While the preceding list is not exhaustive, it outlines the wide variety of injuries which can be sustained. As an experienced dog bite legal team, we are ready to fight back against the many traps insurance companies will employ to deny you compensation.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Dog bite injuries cause 800,000 people nationwide to seek medical care each year
- Children account for about half of those dog bite victims
- Hospital emergency rooms see an average of more than 1,000 people a day for dog bites
- Children aged 5 to 9 are most likely to suffer dog bites
- When younger children are bitten, wounds often affect the head and/or neck
- Boys are more likely than girls to suffer dog bites
File a Claim for Your Losses
California’s dog bite laws hold that the containment of the animal is the responsibility of the owner. Therefore, the burden of controlling the dog rests squarely on the owner’s shoulders. As such, if a dog bites you or a family member and it results in a personal injury or wrongful death then you have a right to file a claim.
While all dog bite cases are unique, a dog bite lawyer will help you pursue compensation for things like:
- Medical costs
- Future damages
- Lost work wages
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death benefits, for survivors
- Punitive damages
- And more, as recoverable by law
Our legal team will request copies of your medical records to evidence your injuries and document your progress and prognosis. If we believe that your injuries or loved one’s death will have a future impact on your life, we will account for those losses as well and submit them as part of your settlement demand.
Connect with Amicus Legal Group Today
If a dog injured or attacked you, contact an experienced personal injury attorney with a proven track record of success in negotiating or litigating these types of cases. Protect your rights today and get the help you need.
You can receive a free consultation with us by calling at (888) 588-1777 or connecting with us here.
Time Limits to File a Claim
The statute of limitations is a deadline that prescribes how long you have to bring legal action against the dog's owner for your injuries or loved one's wrongful death claim. Missing this deadline will result in a forfeiture of your right to compensation.
Claims to recover damages after a dog bite or attack or in California is two years from the date of injury or your family member's death. Because the statute of limitations is strictly enforced, it is advisable that reach out to a dog bite attorney sooner rather than later.
What to Do If a Dog Attacked You
If you haven’t visited a doctor for your injuries, you should do so immediately. It is critical to follow through on doctor's orders. Part of a successful dog bite injury case requires that you mitigated your injuries and were reasonable in seeking treatment, where appropriate.
Make sure to file a police report about the incident. After obtaining a copy of the report, reach out to the homeowner's insurance company to initiate a claim. Avoid making any self-incriminating statements and only speak to the facts of the case .
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