Dog Bite Injury Claims & Lawsuits
At Were you bitten by someone else’s dog? Or did a neighbor’s dog knock you over or otherwise hurt you when you were visiting? You can probably file a claim against the dog owner for compensation due to California’s dog bite laws that tend to favor the claimant.
At Triumph Law, P.C. in Folsom can help you understand how to file a claim against a dog owner after being bitten. Better yet, we can walk you through each step or handle the case entirely for you. With our representation and counsel, we know you will feel confident about your future and chances of recovery.
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California Dog Bite Laws
Under California law, a dog can be considered “potentially dangerous” if it has injured, killed, or threatened a person within the last three years. A dog is considered “vicious” if it has hurt, killed, or persistently threatened a person ever in its life. If the dog that bit or hurt you is potentially dangerous or vicious by legal definition, then the legitimacy of your case will likely be much improved.
Furthermore, California has a “strict liability” law for dog bite cases. Under this law, a dog owner is expected to be able to control their dog in private and public spaces, so it doesn’t hurt anyone. In other words, the dog owner is always liable for any harm caused by their dog, whether it was intentional or not.
Strict liability rules for dog bite claims means the dog owner can be required to pay for:
- Medical treatment costs
- Permanent disability losses
- Lost wages
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Injuries Suffered by Dog Bite Victims
A dog bite is not an injury that should be taken lightly. Please seek medical attention immediately after being bitten by a dog, even if you feel fine. Many bites can cause underlying injuries or severe complications later, so it is crucial to get treated as soon as possible.
People who are bitten by a dog often suffer:
- Severe lacerations: A dog bite injury is likely to cause severe lacerations that require stitches. In some cases, surgery will be required to clean and address the wound.
- Diseases and infections: Rabies is always a concern after a dog bite. Also, unclean wounds can become infected with tetanus and other bacteria, which can lead to serious health issues.
- Broken bones: Larger dog breeds can bite with enough force to break and fracture bones, especially if the victim is a child or a senior citizen.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Many dog bite survivors become afraid of all dogs, even friendly dogs they have known for years. PTSD can be treated with therapy, but it might take years.
Will the Dog Be Destroyed?
You might be worried that the dog will be destroyed if you report the attack and seek compensation. Courts in California typically leave this decision up to the judge’s discretion, who will consider the dog’s history, elements of your case, and the severity of your injuries. Dogs who have never bitten anyone before are usually not destroyed, so you should focus on taking care of yourself first by starting a claim.
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When a dog has seriously injured you, it is only right that you seek serious compensation. Let the Folsom dog bite lawyers of Triumph Law, P.C. help you during this difficult time. We are dedicated to securing the best recovery possible in your name!
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