It’s no surprise that California has more dog bite claims than any other state, after all, we love our furry friends. Insurers across the country pay out over $1 billion in claims related to a dog bite in California on an annual basis. About a third of the monies paid out through homeowners’ or renters’ liability claims are related to dog bites or attacks. Some dog bites and attacks are so vicious, that they could leave a person with permanent scarring and disfigurement. These kinds of physical injuries require extensive medical treatment and care. If you were severely injured by an attack or a dog bite in California, it is crucial that you call us at Freeway Law immediately at (844) 443-7339 to speak to our experienced dog bite attorneys to help you decide your next best course of action.
Dog bite laws in California
A dog bite in California is governed by Section 3342 of the California Civil Code. The code says that dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries their dogs’ cause. A dog does not have to have had a history of violent or aggressive tendencies before. There are exceptions to this rule such as taunting or provoking the dog first, being bitten while trespassing on someone’s private property, etc. Let our experienced injury attorneys at Freeway Law explain to you your rights.
Make an Animal Control Report
It is important to document the incident with the proper authorities. This will help you locate the owners at a later date. Then check to see if the dog is up-to-date with their vaccines and if the dog was involved in a prior attack.
Seek Medical Treatment
It is important that you see a medical professional immediately. Although there has not been a rabies case in years, it is important to obtain the right treatment to avoid any possible infections. On deeper lacerations, some doctors will avoid administering stitches because of the fear of infection.
Take detailed pictures and notes of what happened
One of the most important aspects in a dog bite or attack case is to secure evidence as quickly as possible. As soon as it is safe to do so, take pictures of all your injuries. If there are witnesses around that saw the attack, get their contact information. If possible, take photos of the dog and also the location of the bite or attack.
Remedies available to you in dog bite cases
In a dog bite case, some of the most common damages award to the victims are:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Loss of the use of a limb
Where applicable, a court may even award a dog bite victim with large punitive damages (to punish the dog’s owner). An example of this scenario may be if a dog owner saw that an attack was occurring and did nothing to stop it.
The clock is ticking on your case. Call us today
In California, you only have two years to file a lawsuit from the date of the dog bite or attack. The longer you wait, the staler your case gets. Each dog bite case is unique. Our lawyers do not take a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to evaluating client’s cases. Let our experienced attorneys at Freeway Law fight hard for you.