Irvine Dog Bite Lawyers
RMD Law is an Orange County personal injury law firm that specializes in dog bite cases. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog you should contact our experienced personal injury attorneys for a free, no obligation case evaluation.
At RMD Law, we believe that reputation is everything. When clients trust us with their cases, we do everything in our power to help guide them. That means personal service and sharp advocacy.
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We obtained the 26th highest verdict in California in 2020. Our client was rear-ended by a police officer.
RMD Law has recovered over $40 million dollars for our clients who have been injured in accidents. We can help you get the maximum settlement you deserve after an accident.
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Have you been bitten or attacked by a dog? You may be facing a high hospital bill and disfiguring injuries. Insurance companies pay more than $1 billion to people injured in dog attacks every year. See what you could be owed when you call (949) 326-5000.
When your legal rights and your financial recovery are at stake, turn to a team of trusted advocates who work hard for each client. Let us handle the legal complexities so that you can focus on your recovery.
The Orange County dog bite attorneys at RMD Law LLP focus our entire practice on negotiating and litigating personal injury claims and can help you seek full and fair compensation for your losses.
What to Do if You Were Bitten by a Dog
- Always seek medical attention immediately – It is common for bite wounds to become infected causing more serious injury and scarring. 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 injuries, and other information that is often beneficial to your case.
- Make sure to document your injuries 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) 326-5000.
Who Is Liable for a Dog Bite or Animal Attack?
In California, when a dog bites someone, the owner is subject to “strict liability.” That means if a dog bites a person, then there is no court fight over responsibility. The question to ask is simple: How much are you entitled to for your injuries?
In some cases, the landlord of the property where the dog lives can also be held liable for the injuries you have sustained if they knew that the dog was dangerous, or if they created a condition where the dog could easily escape the property and injure you.
Animal owners can be held liable if:
- The premises were improperly maintained so that the animal escaped
- The animal was poorly restrained or not restrained at all
- Insufficient warnings were posted about the animal’s presence
- The owner antagonized the animal so that it attacked
Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
Not all dogs that bite people are bad dogs. As Orange County personal injury attorneys, we have seen our 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.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bill reimbursements
- Future medical costs
- Compensation for pain and suffering
Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Bites
1) What if a dog bites me on public property? Is the owner still liable?
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.
2) Who is responsible to pay for the damages after an animal attack?
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.
Take Legal Action Today
Have you been attacked by a dog or other vicious animal? Dog bites can cause serious infections, scars, and a lower quality of life. Don’t let this happen to you without seeking justice and fair compensation for your suffering.
Contact our firm at (949) 326-5000 for help seeking compensation after a dog bite.