Dog Bite And Animal Attack Injuries
A dog bite can be a terrifying and traumatic occurrence. The bite can cause injury — including lacerations, fractures, scarring and infection — all of which require immediate medical treatment. Children involved in these incidents are often bitten in the face, causing scarring that may require surgery. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in California, you may be entitled to file a claim against the dog’s owner or even, in certain circumstances, a keeper like a kennel owner or a dog day care provider. Your first priority is to seek immediate medical treatment and get (at the very least) the name and phone number of the dog’s owner.
Once you’ve stabilized, call Randolph & Sampson, APC, toll free at 800-409-0191 to speak with one of our experienced dog bite attorneys. We do everything in our power to help our injured clients collect appropriate compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage related to a dog bite.
Establishing Fault, Recovering Damages
In California, any dog bite incident is assumed to be a result of dog owner negligence, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before or has never shown any aggressive tendencies. However, there could be other people who could be held accountable for a dog bite for other reasons, including premises liability:
- A dog keeper, but only if that person had been aware of that dog’s previous aggressive incidents
- A landlord who was aware that a tenant kept a dangerous animal
- A property owner who knowingly allowed a dangerous dog on his or her property
- Parents of dog owners who are minors
In addition, a court may reduce your compensation if you were bit by the dog after:
- Provoking the dog
- Gaining illegal access to the place where you were then bitten (i.e., trespassing or burglary)
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you need the straightforward, knowledgeable guidance of a California lawyer who has experience litigating dog bite cases. Our team at Randolph & Sampson, APC, can help you collect the damages that you deserve.