If you’ve received medical attention for a dog bite, talk to our California dog bite lawyers. You may receive compensation. Our lawyers can get to work right away helping you recover financially and emotionally.
Representing Dog Bite Victims in California
Each year, 2% of the U.S. population will be the victim of a dog bite. Many of these bites are serious. They can even be fatal. Your losses are both financial and personal.
You are not alone. At Attorney Jeff Injury Lawyers, we represent dog bite victims throughout California. We know that victims need a fair payment for their losses. The legal representation that you receive may significantly impact your case results.
Adults and children represented
We represent adults and children who are dog bite victims.
Sadly, many dog bite victims are children. Because of their smaller size, children are especially likely to have serious injuries.
A child has legal rights, too. They may deserve compensation. They also need outstanding legal representation.
Our lawyers take cases involving children. We understand the issues that may be especially important for young victims like future damages, loss of lifestyle and care needs.
To see how we can help, ask us for a personalized consultation about your situation. Our dog bite lawyers are here to advocate for you. We’re here to see that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for a Dog Bite
You may have the following dog bite injuries:
- Puncture wounds, torn skin, bleeding
- Ligament and deep tissue damage
- Mobility difficulties, paralysis and loss of limb
- Broken bones
- Disfigurement and scars
- Infection, including rabies and tetanus
- Mental health injuries; such as depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping and a fear of dogs
Dog bites can even amount to wrongful death of a family member.
Our lawyers take your dog bite case seriously. We want you to receive compensation for the ways your life has been impacted.
Types of compensation
You may receive compensation for the different types of losses you have endured, like:
- Medical bills
- Medical supplies like dressings and bandages
- Procedures to minimize scars
- Replacement income if you’re unable to work
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental anguish
- Disfigurement and permanent scars
- Loss of lifestyle and physical limitations
A dog bite case can be worth a significant sum. It is based on the victim’s losses. Pain and suffering and other non-economic damages often comprise a significant amount of a claim.
If you’re wondering what your dog attack case may be worth, contact our lawyers. We will provide you with a personalized case evaluation.
Insurance in Dog Bite Claims
It’s important to understand the role the insurance companies play in dog bite claims. Many victims are paid through homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies. The dog owner may have insurance that can provide compensation.
There are several things that victims should know about the role of insurance in a dog bite claim:
- Insurance may provide compensation. That can make it possible to collect your compensation.
- Many claims are settled without the need for trial. It can be feasible to receive a payment even if the dog owner is a friend or family member.
- You get only one chance to settle your claim with the insurance company. If your injuries end up being more serious than you realized, it’s unlikely you can change your settlement. That makes it even more important to have legal assistance in the handling of your case.
- If there is insurance, it may apply even if the dog bite did not happen on the owner’s property.
Our lawyers investigate to determine if an insurance policy can provide compensation. We handle the settlement negotiations, and we understand the things that you should consider when pursuing your case through insurance.
California Dog Bite Laws
What do you have to prove to get compensation for a dog bite in California?
To get dog bite compensation in California, you must prove that the person was the owner of the dog, that the dog bite occurred and that you have injuries and damages as a result.
Is there a one bite law in California?
No, California does not use the “one bite” rule. The one bite rule says an owner is not liable the first time their dog bites. In California, a dog owner is usually strictly responsible for injuries from a dog bite. They are liable even if their dog has no previous aggressive behavior.
Can you sue for a dog bite in California?
You can sue for a dog bite in California if you’re bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place. Even if you’re on the property of the dog owner, you can sue for a dog bite.
Situations where someone may not be able to sue, or their compensation may be reduced, are where the victim was trespassing or provoking the dog.
How long after a dog bite can you sue in California?
You have up to two years to sue following a dog bite. You can file your case right away after an injury occurs, and you shouldn’t wait to contact a lawyer.
Our legal team can assist you in building your claim and the timeline for filing the case. We take care of all aspects of the legal process.
Why Choose Us as Your Dog Bite Lawyers?
At Attorney Jeff Injury Lawyers, our law firm is dedicated to serving the needs of victims and their families. That means we have the resources and experience that gets results.
With 11 offices throughout California, we represent victims throughout the state. We’re an award-winning team with a history of success. We will put our resources and determination towards your case and getting justice for you.
Paying for a dog bite lawyer
At Attorney Jeff Injury Lawyers, consultations are free. There is never a cost to talk to a lawyer. Plus, we use contingency fees, so there is no cost for our services unless you receive compensation.
When you work with our California dog bite lawyers, having personalized legal representation is always affordable.
Taking New Dog Bite Cases Now
Talk to our California dog bite lawyers today to see what your case may be worth.
Call or message us now for your consultation and to start your case.