When a dog bites you while in California, the dog’s owner is held responsible for any injuries incurred. California Civil Code Section 3342 states that the dog owner is responsible for any injuries suffered by a person who gets bitten by a dog while in a public, or any place recognized as private regardless of knowledge of the dog’s viciousness.
In most cases, dogs normally belong to friends, or relatives, and people who have been bitten by dogs are usually unsure as to whether they should follow up on the dog bite case due to the relationship that they share with the dog owner. However, one should not put off following the case, because dog bites and injuries caused by dogs are usually covered by the dog owner’s home insurance policy. This is a policy that can ensure that a victim is compensated for any dog injuries without affecting the dog keeper’s financial situation.
Based on statistics from the Veterinary Association, and the US Humane Society, people who get dog bites today- in order of frequency- include; small children, elderly people, and Postal Service employees. In fact, dog bite victims today account for around 5% of all visits to the emergency room in hospitals.
So, if you are attacked, mauled, or bitten by a dog, the first thing that you should do is get medical help immediately. This is important because the expediency that you have serves two purposes; to get immediate medical attention, and also create a record of the event. Additionally, you should strive to get information on the dog such as its age, breed, and even any vaccinations it has had. The dog owner’s contact info, and witnesses who saw the incident should also be talked to. Then, as soon it is possible, you should try and get in contact with a dog bite attorney from Los Angeles who is experienced in handling dog bite cases.
Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation is well experienced in handling dog bite cases, including dog bite claims from children, and postal workers. Due to our experience, we know the emotional and physical effects that most dog bite victims suffer, and that is why our experts can be able to get maximum compensation for all injuries related to dog bites. We also have the ability to get in touch with reliable psychologists, neurologists and other pundits who can be able to support any case that we undertake, and also establish the level of injuries sustained. This therefore, helps us to help you, attain maximum financial recovery from your case. If your child has been bitten by a dog, get in touch with us today, and talk to a Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation dog attorney. We do not charge consultations, and if we take your case, you will not be charged; unless we win the case, and get you compensated.
We serve clients all of Southern California including Pasadena, Century City, and all of Los Angeles. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and need legal advice, call our office at (310) 598-1719 today.