Dog Bites and Injuries

Helping Dog Bite Victims Recover Compensation

100437799Some of the most painful and devastating injuries can occur when a vicious dog is left to roam a neighborhood. Children are often victims of aggressive dogs that attack, bite, tear flesh and maim the innocent.

A vicious dog can wreak much more damage on a small body, including puncture wounds to the torso, legs, arms, hands, head and face.

Whether the victim is a child or adult, liability issues need to be addressed. If such an attack has injured you or your loved one, you need to know that you could be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and other damages.

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At Lloyd, Nielsen & Palfreyman, APC, we have decades of experience helping individuals with dog bite cases and other personal injury claims.

When the dog’s owner or caretaker is liable under the law for injuries incurred with a dog bite or attack, we aggressively the legal case against the individual who is responsible, seeing that he or she is held accountable under the law. Our goal is to recover compensation from the owner or from the homeowner’s insurance policy or both sources, based on the degree of the injuries and the level of compensation needed by the injured.

California Law Concerning Dog Bites

dog-bites-practice-area2Under state law, the dog’s owner is liable when a dog bites someone in a public place or when the victim is legally on private property. This includes the dog owner’s property, where the victim could be on the premises in the course of a job or was invited to be present by the property owner.

A dog’s owner is not liable for damages if the victim was trespassing on private property.

dog-bites-practice-area3When a dog has bitten someone, the dog’s owner is required to take steps that ensure the dog will not pose a danger to any other person.

dog-bites-practice-area4An investigation can be initiated by anyone (or the district attorney or city attorney) into whether the owner did in fact institute changes in an effort to protect others from a dog attack if there have been two reports of dog bite incidents.

The court may get involved, making decisions on what actions should take place, including whether the dog should be put down, which is often the case when a serious injury has been inflicted by a vicious animal.

Dogs are also used by governmental agencies, such as police departments. A victim cannot sue these agencies if he or she is injured by a dog that is performing its duty.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

If you are bitten and injured by a dog, take these steps if possible:

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  • Gather information, such as the dog’s owner’s name and/or person who had custody of the dog at the time of the incident, and the contact information of any witnesses.

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    • Take pictures of the wounds. The pictures are graphic proof of the degree of the injuries when first inflicted by the animal.

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    • Get medical treatment, and ensure that the injury is documented as being caused by a dog bite.

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    • Report the incident to animal control, the Humane Society, and the police department in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred.

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    • Contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

Experienced Legal Representation Dog Bite Injury Claims in Santa Ana and Southern California

Our attorneys are adept at professionally handling all aspects of a dog bite claim. It’s best to contact us as soon as possible after the incident has occurred so we can gather all the necessary information and documentation needed before time passes, such as critical witness statements. We will verify quickly the basic elements that provide the foundation for your case:

      • Prove that the owner owned the dog;

      • Prove that the incident occurred while on public property or while lawfully on private property;

      • Prove that you were harmed by the dog;

      • Prove that the dog was a significant element in causing the damage;

      • Verify that you were legally on the owner’s private property in the course of work or were invited to be there by the dog’s owner.

Our goal is to recover for you the financial compensation needed to pay for medical bills, any rehabilitation or cosmetic surgeries, lost wages, and the emotional trauma that is part of these terrible cases. Contact us by utilizing our online form or call us at 888-288-8888 for a free consultation about your case.

Resources:
California Civil Code Section 3341-3342.5