Redding Dog Bite Lawyer
Imagine if you will that you are taking a walk in your Redding neighborhood and are faced with an unleashed pet and suffer a dog bite. You end up in the emergency room, require extensive treatment, and now face mounting medical bills in addition to the emotional and psychological trauma of the attack.
More than 4.7 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog every year, and California leads in the number of bites. However, fewer than 1 percent of people injured by a dog bite are compensated. This is why you need an experienced Redding personal injury lawyer by your side if you suffer a dog bite because even a mild injury can result in infection.Insurance Companies and Dog Bite Injuries
Obviously, those who suffer dog bite injuries and don’t report them are not usually reimbursed for their expenses. This is even though in California, under Civil Code 3342, a dog owner is liable when their pet attacks and injures another person, although the animal never attacked anyone before. Settlements, except for extreme injuries, are often settled with the owner’s insurance company. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2018, companies paid out around $675 million in claims nationwide that year. California showed the largest number of claims with an average insurance company payout of $45,543. However, an insurance company commonly offers an initial settlement offer of between 10 and 20 percent of what that person would receive if they had a lawyer.Tips After Suffering a Dog Bite
Although a person who has been bitten by a dog may think they can handle the problem themselves, using a Redding personal injury lawyer is a better idea. One of the problems is that the person who was bitten has no idea what to say to the dog owner to settle a claim and doesn’t know how much they should be paid. After all, if medical care is needed, it is probably unknown what the total expenses will be. In addition, the owner of the dog may accuse the injured person of being at fault in the dog attack or precipitating the incident to avoid liability.
Enlisting the help of dog bite lawyers in Redding who are experienced in handling canine attacks is more efficient and causes less stress to the injured person. In the case of a family member or friend involved, the lawyer can handle the case with this in mind, explaining that no ill will is involved in the claim, just fair compensation that is mutually agreed upon.Reasons Why People Don’t Place a Claim Following a Dog Attack
There are several reasons why people do not place a claim against a dog owner after being bitten. However, if a bite is severe and requires medical attention, and it isn’t the household pet, it makes sense to seek financial compensation with the help of a Redding dog bite attorney. This can prevent the financial stress of facing lost wages, medical expenses, and reimburses the injured person for their pain and suffering. Some of the reasons people do not file a claim include:
- The bite did not result in a severe injury and doesn’t require medical attention. The problem with this is that even the bite from a small animal can lead to infection, which can become serious.
- The person who was bitten does not realize the homeowner carries insurance to cover injuries of this type. In the case of a renter, rental insurance is required and would cover a bite injury.
- The animal is owned by a family member, neighbor, or friend. Again, insurance covers this type of injury, and if the bite is severe, it can end up costing the injured person a great deal of money.
One hundred dog bites happen every hour in the United States, and half of those who are bitten are children. In 2018, an elderly woman from Mount Shasta was killed in her home after being attacked by the family dog. Her daughter was injured by the dog also when she attempted to intervene in the attack to prevent the fatality. A male roommate managed to pull the dog off, but it was too late to save the older woman. The majority of dog bite injuries occur:
- In the family home.
- In the home of a friend.
- In the dog’s neighborhood because the animal has escaped its enclosure or is unrestrained.
- Off-property attacks at dog parks, walking trails or other locations.
- When walking the family pet and another dog attacks.
My law firm is experienced in handling dog bite cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our investigators begin by visiting the accident site and talking to witnesses to the incident. They may talk to neighbors, the postman or UPS drivers, and others to see if there were other signs that the dog was aggressive. The investigators also speak to the dog’s veterinarian to assure the animal was fully vaccinated and whether the vet and office staff had problems with aggression in the dog.
Once the evidence has been obtained, our lawyers take over to negotiate for you with the insurance company. In severe injury cases, it may be necessary to take the matter to court to get appropriate compensation to pay for all of your expenses. As always, you owe nothing until the case has been won.
The following video explains why you should consider hiring a lawyer for your dog bite claim.Redding Dog Bite Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Redding dog bite lawyer. If you were bitten by a dog, you might be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Call me locally at (530) 392-9400 or through my long-distance line at (800) 404-5400 for my free and friendly advice. I can also be reached by filling out the message form online.
We are members of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.30.20]
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