Helping You After A Dog Bite Injury
One of the most traumatic and devastating types of cases seen in personal injury law is a dog bite injury. Dog bites can be quite serious and often leave behind lifelong injuries, permanent scarring and disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, it is important to seek medical help for your injuries right away and then contact Ramey Law, P.C., to discuss your rights as a dog bite victim.
Nearly 5 million people suffer dog bite injuries every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This figure represents nearly 2 percent of the U.S. population. Children are typically the most vulnerable to dog bites, and nearly one out of every seven dog bite victims is under the age of 14. Since children are smaller than adults, dog bite injuries suffered by a child are typically much more serious than those suffered by an adult.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For Your Injury?
If you have been bitten by a dog, our lawyers can help you determine who can be held responsible for your injuries. In some situations, more than one party could be held liable. Possible parties include:
- The dog owner: Under California dog bite statutes, dogs must not be a hazard to the community. Dog owners are given the unequivocal burden of liability for damages caused by dog bites, just by owning the dog. The owner is required, under California dog bite law, to be “an insurer” of the conduct of the dog. Dog owners in California are taxed with the responsibility of preventing their dogs from biting. In a nutshell, owners are automatically held liable, even if the dog has never bitten before. There are no second chances. If the dog has a history of biting people or other dogs, then this strengthens the victim’s claim against the owner.
- The property owner: If the owner of the dog lives in an apartment building, the owner of the building may be held jointly liable, since the owner has a duty to control what happens on their premises. This may be the case if it can be proven that the property owner knew about the vicious dog, but did nothing to have it removed or restrained. An attorney from our firm will pursue action on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
How Can You Be Compensated?
Dog bite laws vary from state to state, but in California, a victim of dog bite injury can seek compensation under what are known as doctrines of negligence and intentional tort. Damages you can recover as a dog bite victim in Los Angeles include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished capacity, just to name a few. California also has special rules governing dog bite injury cases involving children.
Pursue Your Personal Injury Claim With Us Today
Our team has years of experience representing dog bite and animal attack victims throughout Los Angeles, California, and the surrounding area. We have the experience to stand up to the responsible party and its insurer and will be by your side during the entire process, from filing your initial claim to negotiating on your behalf all the way through litigation in a court of law if it becomes necessary. Many times, our personal injury lawyers present such a strong case upon filing a claim that insurers are happy to settle dog bite injury claims out of court, prior to trial. Call us now at 310-773-5509 or complete our contact form to arrange a consultation to discuss the legal remedies available to you as a dog bite victim.