The experienced dog bite lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are dog lovers. However, we know that dog bites can lead to permanent consequences. Call us for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite. We will use your evidence and testimony to recreate the dog bite and identify causes of the dog bite in order to bolster your case and recover you a financial settlement.
We are contingency fee lawyers meaning you will never owe us a penny.
We can obtain you the best medical treatment for your injuries, including plastic surgeons, along with physical therapy and psychological therapy. We will get you the best doctors who work on a lien.
When doctors work on a lien it means you don’t need to pay them until we obtain you a recovery at the end of your case. The doctors are then paid out of the recovery. Doctors are willing to work with us on a lien because they know we obtain over 99% of our clients a recovery.
What To Do After A Dog Bite
The first thing you should always do after a dog bite is to seek medical attention. It is important in a dog bite case to receive medical attention and have your injuries documented as soon as possible after the injury. Insurance companies can claim your injuries resulted from something else if you don’t get them treated quickly enough and this can impact the size of your financial recovery in a dog bite case. Dog bites don’t just lead to the breaking of skin. Bruises to bone or muscle can occur, as can sprains while you’re trying to defend yourself from the dog.
Dog bites can lead to puncture wounds. Place a clean towel over the wound. This can help stop bleeding. Keep the wound elevated and wash it with soap and water. Keeping the wound clean is important because dog mouths can contain bacteria. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if swelling, warmth, pus or redness develop, as these are signs of infection. You may be at a higher risk of developing an infection if you have a pre-existing medical condition like liver disease or diabetes.
Do not try to capture or chase down a dog that has bit you. This will likely scare the dog and encourage it to bite you again.
You should get a rabies test if bitten by a dog you don’t know. You have the highest chance of surviving rabies if you get it treated before you’re symptomatic.
Get the contact information of the dog’s owner after you are bitten if it is possible. Get the contact information of any witnesses if possible as well.
Report the dog bite to police or animal control. Take pictures of your injuries and start recording how the injuries impact your everyday life.
California Dog Bite Laws
Owners of dogs who inflict damages are strictly liable under Civil Code section 3342 for those damages in California when the attack happens in a public place or the person attacked is lawfully in a private place. Owners of police and military dogs who are in service at the time of the attack are exempt.
Owners are liable for damages caused by their dogs even if the dog hasn’t shown prior aggression.
Dog owners are liable for damages their dogs cause, including damages which aren’t caused by direct attacks like dog bites. Owners of dogs who run out in to the road and cause traffic accidents are liable for damages incurred in those accidents.
Dog bite victims have two years from the date of the attack to file a personal injury claim in California. This time limit is known as a statute of limitations. Claims in California worth over $7,500 require a lawsuit to be filed in a California Superior Court. Claims in California under $7,500 can be filed in a small claims court.
Dog Bite Compensation
Dog bites can change your life in a myriad of ways. They can have severe, sometimes permanent consequences, and they can create a large financial burden for you. Our lawyers can reduce or eliminate this burden for you by obtaining compensation for you for damages including, but not limited to:
• Past, present and future medical expenses
• Lost wages
• Loss of earning capacity
• Pain and suffering
• Permanent disability or disfigurement
• Emotional distress
Dog Bites And Homeowners Insurance
Dog bites are typically covered by homeowners insurance policies. The policies usually provide from $100,000 to $300,000 of coverage. Dog bite victims can try to hold property owners liable for dog bites when the dog owner is a renter or lacks homeowners insurance.
Some homeowners insurance companies now refuse to cover dog bites by dangerous dog breeds such as pit bulls.
California courts have sometimes held landlords responsible for dog bites because the landlords allowed tenants to keep dangerous dogs on their properties.
Palm Desert Dog Bite Lawsuit
State Farm says California sees more dog bites than any other state in the United States. We’ve been helping California dog bite victims obtain compensation for their injuries for three decades, so we’ve handled more dog bite cases than you can imagine. We know these cases inside out. Our experience means we know all of the legal intricacies, tactics and strategies involved in these cases. We’re experts in dog bite cases. Our expertise means we can obtain you the largest possible financial recovery for your dog bite injuries.
We offer our clients a no fee promise. We only charge our clients a percentage of their recovery and only if we obtain a recovery for them. Our clients never owe us any money out of their own pocket and never face up-front charges.
Call us today at (760) 860-1001 if you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite. You may be eligible for financial compensation. You can also chat with our live chat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the free “Do I Have A Case?” form.