Dog Bite Injuries
In California, under Civil Code section 3342, the owner of a dog is strictly liable if the dog bites someone, regardless of the owner’s negligence or prior knowledge of the dog’s viciousness. This means that even if the owner was not negligent, he or she is still financially responsible for any injuries stemming from a dog bite. If you’ve been bitten by another person’s dog, our dog bite attorneys can immediately seek compensation for you.
An actual dog bite isn’t always necessary to assert a claim for damages. A claim may arise if the victim was chased by a dog and fell, or if the dog jumped on the victim. A claim may also exist even if the bite did not break the victim’s skin or injure tissue. The owner may be liable even if the dog was restrained or on a leash at the time of the incident. A dog attack can result in serious physical injuries, including facial disfigurement or dismemberment. The victim may suffer extreme psychiatric trauma and develop a fear or phobia of dogs and other animals. The injuries often necessitate expensive medical treatment, and even with treatment, the victim may be left with scars or other visible reminders of the attack. Approximately half of all dog bite victims are children, and tragically, because a dog can often overpower a child, a child’s injuries can be quite severe.
If You've Been Bitten or Attacked by a Dog, You May Be Entitled to Compensation
At Torero Law, we seek compensation for dog bite victims for the following injuries and expenses:
- Bite wounds
- Reconstructive surgery
- Broken limbs from fall
- Emotional trauma
- Scratches and scarring
- All other physical injuries
- Infection from wounds
- Loss of income due to injuries
- Pain and suffering
If the bite or attack occurred on the dog owner’s property, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance may cover the victim’s injuries and expenses. If the attack occurred in an apartment or other residential rental unit, the landlord may also be liable.
Steps to Take If You Are Bitten or Attacked by a Dog
Make sure to take photos of the injury and the location at which the injury occurred, as these will be crucial in helping you prove your claim. If you were bitten or attacked on the dog owner’s property, be sure to ask the dog owner for information relating to his or her homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Be sure to also ask the owner for the dog’s medical records and a list of immunizations the dog has received. Most importantly, immediately contact our office. Our dog bite attorneys can evaluate your case, free of charge, and pursue a claim for damages on your behalf
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