Most dogs are gentle creatures that will never hurt anyone; however, there are always exceptions to the rule. Whether caused by nature or nurture, man’s best friend can not only bite, but can also leave you with severe pain, decreased mobility, nerve damage and long-term scarring.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there are more than 4.5 million dog bites recorded in the country, and the majority of these involve children below the age of five. Most dog bites will be harmless and result in minor injuries.
In some cases, the person may suffer from severe injuries that include:
California has strict liability dog bite laws. Under California’s liability laws, a dog owner is usually responsible and liable for any injuries caused by his dog, even if it was the very first time that the animal was involved in a bite. Under California’s liability laws, the owner can be held liable, even if he or she had no knowledge of the dog’s vicious tendencies. If you were injured by a dog bite, it won’t matter if the dog had never bitten anyone before, but you must exercise your right by filing a claim for compensation. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are here to help!
Immediately following a dog bite you should seek medical attention for your injuries. Take photographs of the injuries and report the dog bite to your local animal control agency. Then, contact Effres & Associates as quickly as possible.
Never attempt to settle your case with the owner’s insurance company before speaking with a Los Angeles dog bite lawyer. We offer our services for residents throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, and all surrounding counties.
If you were injured by a dog bite in the greater Los Angeles area, call us at (818) 696-4234 to get a free case review.