Vacaville Dog Bite Lawyer

Vacaville Dog Bite Lawyer

Vacaville Dog Bite Lawyer

Dogs can be wonderful pets and many Americans consider their dog to be a trusted friend and companion. Data from the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that around 36.5 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet dog. Furthermore, there are estimated to be just under 70,000,000 pet dogs in the U.S., and California is the state with the second highest number of pet dogs in the nation. However, even the most friendly animals can become aggressive under the wrong circumstances. When this happens, people are often left with serious injuries including major scarring, disfigurement, and psychological trauma. In some severe cases, dog bites can even result in fatal injuries.

While most people don’t think of their dogs as dangerous, numerous dog bite injuries occur in the U.S. every year. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that somewhere around 4.5 million Americans are injured by dog bites annually.

Who Do Dogs Bite?

People affected by dog bites have varied stories. However, vulnerable individuals like children and elderly people are often the ones injured by these attacks and, in many cases, did nothing to provoke the dog at all.

For example, take this difficult to watch interview of a child who was attacked by an aggressive dog:

Dangerous Dog Breeds

I have personally met dogs from breeds that are considered dangerous and I can say that they were some of the friendliest and most well-trained pets I’ve met. However, I’ve also heard many upsetting stories during my time as a personal injury lawyer about dogs from more dangerous breeds acting aggressively and leaving people with life-long injuries. I’ve also seen cases of sweet, calm dogs of dangerous breeds suddenly turning aggressive and attacking. Knowing which breeds most often become aggressive and bite can help people to avoid being injured in the first place.

Some of the dog breeds that most often cause bite injuries include:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd
  • Dobermann
  • Chow Chow
  • Deutscher Boxer
  • Rottweiler
  • Alaskan Malamute
Do You Really Need a Vacaville Dog Bite Lawyer?

If a dog attack has injured you, one of your children, or someone you love, you may be able to recover for damages related to the attack by claiming money from the owner of the dog. However, having a lawyer to help guide you through the process can be vital to ensuring that you are paid the full amount that you are owed.

Choosing the right lawyer to represent you can be hard for victims of dog bites. Those seeking repayments are usually trying to recover from serious injuries and move on with their life at the same time as making sure that their medical bills are taken care of. The stress of these factors can make choosing a lawyer a difficult task to manage.

Those looking for a Vacaville dog bite lawyer should know that it is important to have an attorney who has had ample experience and previous successes in handling dog bite cases.  I have more than three decades of experience in helping people with serious injuries receive fair compensation for the damages they have suffered. Because of my many years of handling these cases, I have a deep understanding of the details involved in preparing, proving, and arguing a California dog bite case.

It's also important to feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose. I invite you to read more about me and my staff on my website as well as contact me to speak about your particular case. My advice is free and friendly. I take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing up front. I get paid only if I win your case. You can call the local number (707) 564-1900 and ask for me, Ed Smith. I will speak to you personally.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

When we think of a dog bite injury, we usually think of stereotypical bite-mark wounds. However, it is important to remember that many breeds of dog, especially larger breeds, are very muscular and have strong jaws and sharp teeth that are naturally able to tear flesh. When dogs with these characteristics become aggressive, a single attack is often able to cause a person very serious physical trauma in only a short amount of time.

Injuries that my past clients have sustained during dog attacks include:

The Law Is On Your Side

In the state of California, people attacked by dogs typically have the law on their side. This is because California law has a standard of strict liability in dog bite cases. This basically means that the owner of a dog can be held responsible for any of the injuries that their pet causes. Strict liability is often a big help to those who’ve been injured by dog bites because they do not need to establish negligence in order to claim payments for their damages. These laws regarding dog bites differ from other personal injury cases and make it easier for injured individuals to receive fair recompense.

Vacaville Dog Bite Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville dog bite lawyer. If you have suffered a dog bite injury, please seek medical attention right away. Then take a moment to call me for some free, friendly legal advice. Let's talk about the details of your injury case and determine the best method of moving forward with your case. I can be reached at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400.

Before you pick up the phone, feel free to read some more about the work I’ve done for past clients. To get information about how I’ve resolved past cases, you can visit my Verdicts and Settlements webpage.

If you’d like to read what my clients have written about me, you can visit Google Plus, Yelp, and Avvo.

I’m proud to say that I’m a CA Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member. This group is for trial attorneys who have achieved over one million dollars on behalf of a client through a single settlement or verdict.

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