Your Health, Your Life, Your Rights Following a Dog Bite Injury
Getting bit by a dog can be extremely traumatic. Not only can a dog bite result in the need for significant medical care and treatment and have an altering physical effects on you, this type ot traumatic injury can impact you emotionally and psychologically.
Dog bite cases are not to be taken lightly. California has very strict laws on dog bites. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you need to protect yourself legally and make sure that you are compensated for your damages. A skilled, experienced, dedicated Eldessouky Law dog bit lawyer will fight to protect your rights and enhance your opportunity to more quickly get on the path to recovery.
Overview of California Dog Bite Law
California Civil Code section 3342 lays out the laws for dog bites. It states that the owner of a dog that bites is liable for damages if the damages were caused by a dog bite and if the person was bitten in a public place or legally in a private place.
California’s Civil Code provides that the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.
Other factors concerning a dog bit will be to assess whether the dog is considered “vicious”
“Vicious dog” means any dog that:
- Has attacked or bitten a person, causing death or substantial physical injury
- Has killed or inflicted substantial physical injury to a domestic animal, without provocation, while off the owner’s or custodian’s property
- Is owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or is a dog trained for dog fighting
- Has twice, within a one-year period, done any of the following:
- Bitten, attacked or attempted to bite a person, or
- Chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks or any public or private property in an apparent attitude of attack
Why You Need a Dog Bite Lawyer to Protect Your Crucial Legal Rights
There are a number of overarching reasons who you need to give serious consideration to retaining the professional services of an experienced dog bit injury lawyer like a member of the dedicated legal team at Eldessouky Law:
It’s very important that when you suffer a dog big that you are given all the options available to you. California dog bite lawyers at Eldessouky Law knows how to do this. Often times an owners liability for a dog bite will be disputed and will require additional investigations to determine this. Our California dog bite attorney law office knows the questions to ask and the law to apply when seeing who is at fault. Without having this information it would be very difficult get treated and possible receive money for your injuries.
Generally when we first discuss the incident our California dog bite lawyers will ask if the dog was on leash, private property, dog park, dog beach, or an other public are to first assess the laws or local ordinances which may apply. This is important because the law does speak to the location and interaction between the dog and victim.
Provided, no dog may be determined to be a vicious dog if any such bite, threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a wilful trespass upon the premises occupied by the owner or custodian of the dog, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime upon the premises occupied by the owner or custodian of the dog, or was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or who has, in the past, teased, tormented, abused or assaulted the dog.
Generally, when someone is notified you want to make a claim or seek compensation they will immediately deny any fault. Our California dog bite law firm will be able to send the proper correspondence and work with insurance adjusters to streamline this process. Without knowing the system or the law, it is very easy to be taken advantage of by those looking to deny any payouts for insurance coverage.
Compensation and Justice in a California Dog Bite Case
Victims of dog bites are afforded all the rights and coverage of all other personal injury victims. In other words, medical bills, time off work, and emotional distress damages are all forms of money, which may be paid to someone, who was bite by a dog. No two cases are identical and each case requires a through approach to determine the maximum value of compensation.
Information and Evidence Needed for a Dog Bite Case
An experienced Eldessouky Law dog bit lawyer will work for you in collecting and organizing the information and evidence needed to make a claim for compensation in your case. This may include obtaining the assistance of medical or other types experts to assist in developing a compelling claim for compensation and in preparing a lawsuit if that becomes necessary.
An Eldessouky Law Dog Bite Lawyer Fights to Obtain Justice for You
A dog bite lawyer from our firm fights tirelessly for justice in your case. This includes working towards obtaining you the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of being injured by a canine. Our California dog bite injury firm is committed to providing helping you rebuild your life in the aftermath of being injured.
The dog bite attorneys in our firm have extensive backgrounds in dealing with insurance companies during the claims settlement process. Our legal team has broad experience in litigating even the most challenging of dog bite lawsuits.
You can connect with a Eldessouky Law dog bite attorney by calling us at (714) 409-8991. You can reach our firm right now or at any other time convenient for you. There is no cost and no obligation when you schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with our firm. In addition, Eldessouky Law charges no attorney fee unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment in your dog bite case.