CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: What We Are Doing to Protect Our Clients

Grass Valley Dog Bite Lawyer

Grass Valley Dog Bite LawyerIt’s important to know what your legal rights are if you are injured by a dog bite. California law says that anyone who is injured by a dog, whether they are bitten or pushed down, can claim fair compensation for their injuries. When you or a loved one has been injured by a canine, having an experienced dog bite lawyer in Grass Valley by your side is essential. I understand the trauma and pain you’ve been going through and am committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve. 

California Dog Bite Law Protects Those Who Are Injured

Although some states require that a dog show previous aggression to claim compensation when they bite someone, California is a strict liability state. Under Article 2, Section 3342, the dog owner is held liable for their pet’s injuries to others, unless the injured person was teasing or taunting the animal or was trespassing. Animals belonging to the military or police working in the line of duty are also exempt from liability. In most cases, the owner is liable, even if they attempt to stop the attack.

Is It Worthwhile to Place a Dogbite Claim?

Dog bites cause terrible injuries and can result in physical and emotional trauma, as well as a high economic cost. Insurance claims due to dog attacks go up every year. The Insurance Information Institute reported that liability claims in 2019 for injuries by dog bites were $797 million around the nation. This was an increase of 14.7 percent over 2018. The reason is that settlements, judgments, and jury awards are higher as well as medical costs. 

Are There Many Dog Bite Claims in California?

In 2019, around 2,400 insurance claims were made because of dog bite injuries, which placed California in the country’s number one position. The average amount awarded an injured person in the state was $51,265. Not all of the claims were due to a dog biting the injured person. Some were because a dog knocked down a child, bicycle rider, or older person, resulting in a severe injury. An experienced dog bite attorney can help resolve your case successfully while you concentrate on getting well.

Why Some People Are Hesitant to Place a Claim

Some people hesitate to place a claim following a dog bite injury, especially if they don’t consider it to be severe. However, they may face medical costs, lost wages, and emotional problems from the attack. If the dog owner isn’t held accountable, their pet may attack someone else with a far more severe result. The high cost without compensation can be financially overwhelming. Some reasons people give for not filing a claim include:

  • The bite didn’t cause a serious injury. The problem is that bites can get infected and cause significant damage.
  • The injured person may not realize that homeowner’s insurance can cover this type of injury.
  • A family member, friend, or neighbor owns the animal. Once again, the homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost.
What to Do After a Dog Attack or Injury

Not all injuries by canines are caused by dog bites. In some cases, especially with older people, the person can be injured by the dog jumping on them. Older people can break a hip, suffer a traumatic brain injury and other trauma. Knowing what to do following an injury by a dog is essential to uphold your compensation case. When you or a loved one is injured, the following should be done right away:

  • Seek medical attention. If the skin was broken where the dog bit you, medical attention should be sought, even with minor wounds. Dogs bites can lead to frightening conditions such as tetanus and rabies. Follow any instructions from your physician, including follow-ups.
  • Exchange contact information with the dog owner. It’s essential to know whether the dog’s vaccinations are up to date. If you don’t know who owns the animal, contact animal control in your area.
  • In any case, notify animal control or local police that you were bitten, even if the bite wasn’t too serious. This helps to solidify your case. 
  • Remember to photograph your injuries. Write down what happened while the memory is fresh and take photos of your injuries. 
  • If there were any witnesses to the dog attack, get contact information for these people.
  • Call a Grass Valley dog bite attorney experienced in handling these types of cases. The lawyer will handle communications with the owner of the animal as well as the insurance company. The lawyer can ensure that documentation to support your case is strong to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Compensation After a Dog Bite Injury

As with all personal injury cases, someone who is injured by a dog is entitled to claim the following compensation:

  • Medical costs up to the present and into the future if necessary
  • Lost earnings, even if you are self-employed
  • Lost earning capacity if you are unable to return to your job or can no longer perform at your current position
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
Investigation After a Dog Bite Incident

Being attacked or bitten by a dog is a terrifying and painful experience. I firmly believe that no one should go through the pain of this type of encounter and still be financially liable for the damage. Our investigators work hard to collect the evidence needed to get you fair compensation. An investigation into a dog attack can include the following:

  • The investigators go to the accident site and interview the witnesses to the incident.
  • They interview neighbors and others, such as the UPS drivers and postman, to see if they saw signs of aggression in the animal.
  • The investigators interview the dog’s veterinarian to determine if the dog was vaccinated entirely and if the vet or other staff had problems with the animal.

In many cases, the matter can be settled financially with the insurance company. However, if severe injuries have occurred, including emotional trauma, scarring, and disfigurement, it may be necessary to take the case to civil court to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Watch the video below to learn why you may need a dog bite lawyer for your case.

Dog Bite Lawyer in Grass Valley

I’m Ed Smith, an experienced dog bite lawyer in Grass Valley. If a negligent owner’s dog injures you, you may claim compensation for your injuries. Call me at (530) 392-9400 in Grass Valley or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 if you would like my free and friendly advice. 

Feel free to look over my clients’ reviews and cases my firm has handled below:

It is an honor for me to be a California member of the groups below:

Image by Kadisha from Pixabay

:cd cha [cs 1134]

Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
★★★★★
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
★★★★★
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
★★★★★
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
★★★★★
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
★★★★★
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.