Not all dogs that bite people are bad dogs. As a personal injury attorney in Orange County, I see my fair share of dog bite cases.
While it is true that there are some breeds that are inherently more dangerous than others, all breeds of dogs are capable of attacking people and causing injury.
If you have been bitten by a dog, regardless of the dog’s nature or breed, you are entitled to be compensated. This includes reimbursement for any medical costs, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have gone through.
Dog bite laws differ on a state-by-state basis. In California, the law states that a dog owner can be found strictly liable for injuries caused by his or her dog. In other words, if you are bitten by a dog while on public property, or lawfully on private property, and injured from the attack, the dog owner is liable for your injuries.
Insurance is very important in dog bite cases.
Although California law holds the dog owner liable, the vast majority of dog bite cases are settled with that individual’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. Knowing this information often provides many of my clients some sense of relief, especially those clients who have a personal relationship with the dog’s owner and are hesitant to sue that individual personally.
If you have been bitten by a dog here are a few things to consider:
Always seek medical attention immediately – It is common for bite wounds to become infected causing more serious injury and scaring. A trip to the ER or Urgent Care can help reduce this risk.
Call Animal Control Services and request that an incident report is taken – This will help document the attack, your injures, and other information that is often beneficial to your case.
Make sure to document your injures by taking photographs. – Take pictures of the wounds and scarring on a weekly basis. Scarring is a huge component of your case. The location of the bite and its visibility is highly important. Make sure to take lots of pictures.
Consult with an attorney immediately. – You can call us at (949) 565-2344.
If you or someone you know are the victim of a dog bite or attack RMD LAW can help. We specialize in dog bite disfigurement cases and have helped countless victims obtain favorable results. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys are experts on the statutes surround dog bites and assist victims located throughout California. Please call our office today at (949) 565-2344for a free legal consultation.