Oakley Dog Bite Lawyer

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Dog attacks are frightening and can cause severe trauma to the person being bitten. Although some people think it is a rare occurrence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that dog bites number almost 4.5 million every year. Numerous claims are filed with insurance companies annually to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages because of a dog attack, and an Oakley dog bite lawyer can help.

Seeking Help After a Dog Bite Injury

The trauma, medical expenses or permanent scarring and disfigurement that can be caused by a dog bite can be significant. You may be entitled to compensation for losses sustained after being attacked by a dog. As soon as you can, seek legal representation from an Oakley dog bite lawyer because even minor bites can become serious if disease or infection occurs.

What Is the California Law on Dog Bites?

In California, under Civil Code 3342, a person may seek compensation for their injuries if they are bitten by a dog while legally on the property. People who are illegally on the property, as well as those working for the government during their official duties, are not covered by this law.

Is It Worth Filing a Dog Bite Claim in California?

According to national and medical statistics concerning dog bites, you run a chance of one in 50 of being bitten by a dog. There were a total of $120.7 million in claims paid out in California for dog bites in 2021, with the average award being $59,561.

In Case of a Dog Bite, What Should I Do?

Because of the shock and pain after being attacked by a dog, many people don’t know what to do. The advice that follows might help:

  • Contact animal control or the police right away. 
  • Obtain contact information from the dog’s owner.
  • You should also obtain the dog's veterinarian's contact information as well as the owner's full name, phone number and address.
  • If you think you may place a claim for damages, and you should assume you might, you may be required to provide the testimony of any witnesses to the attack, so get their contact information also. 
  • Make sure that the dog's vaccination record is current, and ask the vet if there have been any previous incidents of aggression. It can be painful and expensive to receive rabies shots if the dog hasn’t been kept up-to-date on its vaccinations.
  • You should seek medical attention right away if you are injured, either by going to the emergency room or seeing your regular physician. If you believe your injury to only be minor, if the skin has been broken, you may develop an infection or catch a dangerous disease from the wound. In some cases, those injuries can become life-threatening. 
  • Take photos of the location and the dog if possible. Photos of your injuries and the clothing you are wearing are a good idea too. It will help provide good evidence for your injury claim. 
  • To keep it safe, place the clothing in a plastic bag.
  • Make a record of your losses such as medical expenses and lost wages. Also, write down your level of injury daily as well as your treatments and emotional state.
Is Infection From a Dog Bite Common?

According to the National Institutes of Health, between 10 and 20 percent of dog bites become infected. Dogs can also carry diseases that can be transferred to humans through their saliva such as tetanus, cellulitis, meningitis and others. This is why it is so important to have a wound properly cleaned and see a doctor because antibiotics may be necessary. 

Call an Oakley Dog Bite Lawyer

It is not easy to navigate the legal system on your own after being injured by a dog bite. If you suffer a dog bite injury, you should contact an Oakley dog bite attorney as soon as possible, who can help you negotiate a fair settlement amount. 

An injury lawyer can help by gathering the evidence needed to support your claim to get you the compensation you deserve. Besides offering legal advice and guidance, a personal injury attorney can negotiate on your behalf with the at-fault party’s insurance company to ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve. 

Below is a video presenting tips for picking a personal injury lawyer from attorney Ed Smith:

Oakley Dog Bite Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Oakley dog bite lawyer. In addition to protecting your rights, a lawyer can collect evidence that supports your claim for compensation. The compensation you recover from a dog bite injury enables you to move forward without experiencing financial hardship, but it also holds the owner responsible so it doesn't happen to anyone else.

Contact one of our injury lawyers today for free and friendly advice by calling (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400 or by completing the online form. We would be happy to arrange a free consultation to review your case either in person or virtually where you can discover available options to recover compensation. Here are some of our Verdicts and Settlements, so you can see how we've helped others.

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