A dog bite is a traumatic experience for both adults and children who are attacked. Whether the dog was a large or small breed, the victim can still experience painful injuries, infection, preventative medical care if the dog was not up-to-date on their shots, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma from the attack.
In just a few minutes, your life or your child’s life could be forever changed by a vicious dog attack. Few people expect to be bitten by dogs, but these animals can be fast and mean in certain situations. It is important to find a Los Angeles Law Firm experienced in cases involving dog bites or attack injuries.
Since there are statutes of limitation on when you can file a suit, you need to speak with our attorneys as soon as possible.
California Dog Bite Law
In the state of California, the dog bite law imposes strict liability on the owner of an animal:
- Strict liability means that the owner of the dog is responsible for any bite that the dog inflicts on a person.
- The injured dog bite victim does not have to show that the dog was vicious or that it has a history of aggression and attacks.
- The mere fact that the dog bit the victim is enough to file a claim for compensation for the injuries the dog inflicted in California.
Regardless of whether the attack occurred in the dog owner’s home or in public, the owner is still responsible at all times for the behavior of the animal. While certain breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers are more likely to bite individuals than others, it is possible to be bitten and severely hurt by any kind of dog breed. No matter what kind of dog bites you call Oaks Law Firm today for a consultation about your legal rights.
Unfortunately, many dog bite incidents involve children. Children often are more likely to interact with dogs and are often at a height that makes them susceptible to serious bite wounds to the face and torso. If your child was bitten by a dog, they likely suffered serious injuries and will also have to deal with the trauma resulting from the attack. You may be able to file a claim on your child’s behalf to compensate for the injuries caused by the dog bite.
How Our Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help with Your Case
In dog bite cases, sometimes the dog is covered under the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy. In this case, you can file a claim with the insurance company for compensation for your injuries.
Our experienced Los Angeles dog bite attorneys can handle the claims process for you and ensure that the insurance company treats you fairly. At Oaks Law Firm, we start with the claims process and if there is any delay or pushback from the insurance company, we will aggressively pursue litigation on your behalf.
If the dog is not covered under any homeowners’ policy, you may be able to sue the individual who owns or was responsible for the dog, and our attorneys can investigate sources for potential settlement so that you are not left picking up the tab for an injury caused by someone else’s dog.
Hire a Law Firm in Los Angeles for Your Dog Bite Injury
When you are looking for legal counsel in Los Angeles, it’s important to understand the benefit of attorneys who work on a contingency fee basis.
This means that the attorneys do not collect their fees unless they win the case, and in that event, they take a portion of the final settlement.
This gives you confidence and peace of mind about proceeding with the case and it gives your attorneys extra motivation to tell your side of the story and fight for the compensation you deserve.