Citrus Heights Dog Bite Attorney
Citrus Heights Residents Injured in Dog Bite Incidents
California has strict laws regarding dog bites, and these animal control laws extend to the Citrus Heights community. Every year, hundreds of individuals, adults and children alike, are injured in dog attacks. Many dog attacks are caused by vicious breeds or dogs with histories of violence and/or aggression. However, many other attacks occur suddenly and unexpectedly, involving a family dog or other usually friendly pooch.
Many dog owners try to shirk responsibility when their dog is responsible for dog bite injuries. If you were injured in a dog attack, you need the counsel and guidance of a knowledgeable and compassionate personal injury lawyer today. For free, no obligation advice, call me directly at (916) 921-6400 locally or at (800) 404-5400 outside of Sacramento County.How My Law Firm Can Assist You with Your Dog Bite injury Claim
Dog bite attacks often cause have long-term effects on victims. In addition to a host of physical injuries, many of our clients suffer from severe emotional trauma, as well as financial loss due to their inability to work.
Many children and adults also suffer permanent scarring and disfigurement which which a plastic surgeon can help on.
For the past 33 years, I have dedicated my career to becoming a premier personal injury attorney in Sacramento County. I have assisted numerous Citrus Heights residents involved in horrific dog attacks over the years. My team of experienced personal injury lawyers, experts, investigators, paralegals, and support staff dedicate everything we’ve got to help you move on from a devastating dog attack.
My law firm prides itself on providing a unique client experience for all Citrus Heights residents. Here, we develop deep relationships with our clients, taking the time to get to know them as people instead of client files.
My law firm functions like a family, and we want to welcome you into that family. Your case is entirely your own, and we strive to customize your representation based on the unique facts or circumstances surrounding your case, as well as your articulated goals and interests.
Over the past 20 years, I have assembled a strong team of some of the best attorneys, investigators, experts, and paralegals in the state. We all share the same philosophy, which is based on providing customized and personalized representation for our clients. While we can be aggressive and hard hitting in the courtroom against Citrus Heights dog owners, we are always friendly, open, and compassionate with our own clients.Dog Bite Liability in Citrus Heights
If you have been bitten by a dog, suffered injuries, and want the dog owner to compensate you, you might insist the dog owner do so. However, the dog owner might refuse and claim not to have had control over the dog or responsibility for the dog’s actions. What do you do?
California is a strict liability state. This means that the exact details of the attack are often not as important as in other cases. If a dog owner owns the dog and you can prove ownership, then the dog owner will be liable for injuries. This also applies to other individuals in charge of the dog, such as dog walkers and dog sitters.
If a dog is housed in an Apartment, other rules such as actual notice of the vicious dog to the landlord come into play.
Dog owners are responsible for the animals they decide to keep. While many dogs will show signs of potential future violent behavior, others may surprise owners when they engage in an unprovoked attack. Strict liability means that awareness of the dog’s disposition towards aggression and violence is not necessary. Therefore, most dog bite injury cases revolve around litigating damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of another, please call me at 916-694-0002 for free, friendly advice. If you are outside the Elk Grove/Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400.
We are members of Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Million Dollar Advocates are a group of trial lawyers who have won multiple million dollar settlements and verdicts for their clients.
For a listing of our past verdicts and settlements, click here.FAQ
Q. I am being sued because I owned a dog which bit a child at my home which I sold last year in Citrus Heights. My dog was in the front yard and the child came into the yard uninvited. What kind of lawyer do I need?
A. You should turn this over to your Homeowner’s insurance that was in effect on your home at the time. They have a duty to represent you if you were served with a lawsuit. The fact that the child came into your yard uninvited may not be a good defense in California. It depends on the age of the child.
I’m Ed Smith, a Citrus Heights dog bite lawyer. Call me anytime for free, friendly advice at 916-921-6400.