South Sacramento Dog Bite Lawyer
In almost every dog attack where someone is bitten, the injuries to the person bit can be severe and potentially life-altering. They may wind up suffering nerve damage or tendon damage, along with enduring a physical scar that could remain with them for the foreseeable future.
Dog Bite Injuries Defined
The injuries associated with a dog attack includes:
- Deep contusions
- Serious face and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Long-term emotional scars and development of a phobia of dogs
Dog bites are especially prevalent in California. In 2014, it was the state with the highest dog bite incidence in the country. For other years, it has always been in the top three states with the most dog bites incidents. According to reports by State Farm Insurance, California had the highest number of bite claims in 2012.
California’s Dog Bite Strict Liability Law
California has a strict liability law in relation to dog bites. This means that dog owners are responsible for the dog bite attacks. The only time this will not apply is when the dog bite was caused by cruelty to the animal, or when the person bit was trespassing.
Section 3342 of California’s Civil Code states that a dog owner is liable for the harms suffered by someone bitten by the owner’s dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place.
Dog Bite Injury and Treatment
It is quite common for a person bit by a dog to end up spending thousands of dollars on therapy so that their lives can return to normal. The injured person might also end up with a permanent fear of dogs. Some injuries require plastic surgery to deal with scars and bite marks. In some instances, these surgeries are unsuccessful and the person bit is disfigured for life. This will most likely be an out-of-pocket expense since many insurance companies don’t cover plastic surgery because it is cosmetic in nature and isn’t needed to save the victim’s life. In the end, injured people and their families end up paying for this and the therapy sessions needed to combat things like depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
It is unfair that an injured person has to deal with the physical and financial costs for an incident that was not their fault. Dog owners can, and should, be held liable for all the expenses incurred by a person their dog bites.
Dog Attacks and Homeowners Insurance
The most common avenue for obtaining a financial recovery for a dog bite is by filing a claim against the homeowner’s insurance policy of the dog owner. This is why it is absolutely essential that you ascertain who owned the dog that bit you. Without knowing the owner of the dog, it will be extremely difficult to obtain a financial recovery through a dog bite injury claim.
Benefits of Hiring a South Sacramento Dog Bite Attorney
If you are bitten by a dog and suffer a debilitating injury like nerve damage or broken bones, you should focus on the recovery process, not haggling with an insurance adjuster. This is where a dedicated and experienced South Sacramento dog bite lawyer can be of tremendous assistance. Your injury lawyer should take the burden off your shoulders and begin working on your legal case so that you can focus on the healing process. Another benefit is that most dog bite injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing up front and only owe a legal fee if your attorney obtains a financial recovery on your behalf.
Two Years to Take Legal Action
You do not have an infinite amount of time to file a dog bite injury action. In fact, you only have two years from the date of your attack to file a civil action. Waiting to file suit beyond two years is a big mistake since a court may simply dismiss the suit as being untimely filed.South Sacramento Dog Bite Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a South Sacramento dog bite lawyer. I have served the Sacramento and Greater California community for over thirty years, helping injured people and their families recover. If you or someone you love has been injured because of another person’s negligence, please call me today at 916.921.6400 for free and friendly advice. You can also reach me online at AutoAccident.com.
I am honored to be recognized by the Million Dollar Forum. This group is reserved for injury lawyers who have achieved million-dollar case verdicts and settlements.
See some of my past Verdicts and Settlements here.
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