Do you need a dog bite lawyer?
Have you been recently bitten by a dog? Did you sustain serious injuries from this bite? Did you sustain an injury of any level from this bite? No matter what, this must have had an impact on you. Hospital bills, medications, treatment, you name it. Dog bites can really put a dent in your wallet as well as scar you mentally. Getting bit by a dog may uncover a darker side of dogs you never knew. If you are seeking compensation for your losses after a dog bite, then you need to contact Eldessouky Law at 714-409-8991 and speak with one of our dog bite lawyers serving Paramount, California.
What are dog bite laws in California?
California is unique because it has very strict dog bite laws. Some states have a one bite rule, which means they do not hold the owner liable for damages unless the dog has bitten once before. However, in California, the owner is liable for damages no matter what the history of the dog is. So if you have been bitten by a dog, you are able to sue for damages even if the dog has never bitten anyone before, has never shown signs of aggression, or the owner had no knowledge of the dog’s aggressive nature. This is called the strict liability rule, and the two factors that must be proven in a dog bite case are that you were injured from a dog bite and that this happened on public property or while you were legally on private property.
While this may seem simple to prove, there are many defenses that may be used against you, so it is wise to get help from a lawyer for your dog bite case. Some ways in which the defense may try to fight back against your claim are by saying:
- You were trespassing
- You provoked the dog
- The dog was protecting its owner or another person
- The dog was a military or police dog following the agency’s written policy
One of our lawyers will be able to build you a strong case and make sure that any defenses that are brought up are addressed so that you can still receive compensation for your damages.
What if I was injured in a different way by a dog?
California’s strict liability rule only applies to dog bites. If you were injured in a different way from a dog, then you will want to pursue a regular personal injury suit, which our lawyers are capable of helping with as well. In personal injury cases, you will need to prove the defendant was negligent. Negligence is proved with three factors present:
- The owner of the dog owed a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached
- The breach directly resulted in your injuries
If you are unsure which case you have, all you need to do is call our office and tell one of our attorneys your story. From there, they will be able to determine what kind of case you have and what the best way to pursue seeking damages is. Our goal is to build you a strong case, no matter what kind it is, so that you can receive maximum compensation for everything that you have lost.
What kind of compensation is recovered in a dog bite case?
In dog bite cases, you may be eligible to receive compensatory damages. These include:
- Medical bills
- Physical or vocational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the use of a limb
Or, if you have a lost a family member because of a dog bite, then you will want to seek recovery through a wrongful death claim, which one or our lawyers can help you with also.
What will happen to the dog?
If a dog bite case comes up, the dog will usually be quarantined for ten days. It’s important to know that the laws are stricter when it comes to dogs that have bitten before. California dog owners in who have dogs that have bitten before owe an extra duty of care to ensure others are safe from the dog. If the dog bites again, the court may order it to be euthanized.
Why should I choose Eldessouky Law to represent me in a dog bite case?
Eldessouky Law lawyers are very passionate about what they do. If you choose to work with us, we promise we will do everything in our power to build you a strong and convincing case that will win you a high amount of compensation. We also offer free consultation with no monetary burdens. If we cannot win your case, then you do not owe us any money. Only if we win your case, do we ask for a small percentage of your winnings. To see what you may be able to recover after a traumatizing dog bite, contact our firm today.