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Animal attacks can leave victims with lasting physical pain, serious injury, and psychological trauma. This type of personal injury accident happens due to the negligence of pet owners or animal keepers who’ve failed to secure their pets or wild animals, making them dangerous to the general public.
An animal attack victim can suffer property damage related to their personal effects, as well as bodily injuries, with some cases ending up in wrongful death. These personal injuries may include cuts, bruises, lacerations, spinal injuries, bone fractures, and even head and brain injuries.
Animal Attack & Dog Bite Attack Claims
Animal attack victims in California, particularly victims of a dog bite attack, are protected under the prevailing state laws. These state laws allow victims to claim animal injury compensation, which include but are not limited to the following:
- Property damage
- Actual medical costs
- Future medical care
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Other losses
As a victim who has suffered severe animal bites and related injuries, you will incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. These expenses may include medical evaluations, X-rays, MRIs, chiropractic care, orthopedic treatments, as well as possible surgeries and additional post-op care.
To make sure that the party at fault justly compensates for the accident and pays for all your personal injury damages, the best thing to do is to have legal professionals by your side. Seek legal advice and representation from an experienced Los Angeles-based animal bite lawyer or premise liability attorney from Mesriani Law Group. We will ensure your claims do not go to waste. Our lawyers are well-respected in the legal community for aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation our clients deserve for all the pain and damages they have suffered.
Mesriani Law Group has dedicated its legal practice to championing the causes of all victims of personal injury accidents and employment law violations in Los Angeles and throughout California.
We’ll Assist You with your Animal Attack Claim
Personal injury accidents caused by an animal attack are the result of negligence and human error. These occur when pet owners or animal handlers fail to keep their animals restrained and safe for the general public, ending up in accidental bites or scratches that result in injuries. If you were attacked by a kept animal due to the negligence of the pet owner or animal keeper, then you have the right to seek damages against the party at fault for the injuries that you might have sustained. It does not matter what type of domestic pet or dangerous animal attacked you. Whether it was a cat, dog, or an exotic pet like a lizard, snake, or arachnid, you have the right to seek damages against the party at fault.
You will need to prove the following when seeking compensation against the defendant for your animal attack claims:
- Demonstrate that the animal attack actually happened
- Identify the place where the attack occurred
- Demonstrate the failure of the party at fault to restrain the animal properly
- Prove that the accident directly caused your personal injuries
After providing proof of your right to file an animal attack claim as well as the types of damages you are claiming, you will also need to justify the amount of compensation you are claiming. You can prove that you are requesting the appropriate amount for damages by providing your animal attack attorney with the following supporting evidence:
- Receipts of personal belongings damaged during the animal attack
- Costs of medical consultations and treatments using medical records and bills
- Certification from your employer of absences incurred due to medications (if you are currently an employee)
- Contracts from before and after the accident to show lost revenues as a result of the accident (if you own a business)
Do not attempt to negotiate your claim with the other party on your own as you will only put yourself at a distinct disadvantage and can also jeopardize your claims due to numerous factors. The party at fault will employ experienced adjusters from insurance companies to frustrate and deny your claims. The opposing party can also hire seasoned defense lawyers to challenge your claims, exploiting loopholes or technicalities to protect their client from being held liable and paying for the appropriate damages.
Additionally, your lack of knowledge on proper legal proceedings and tort laws can make you waive your claims altogether. This could result in you getting little to no compensation at all for your claims by unintentionally agreeing to settlements that are only favorable to the opposing party. These circumstances make pursuing your claims and reaching for an agreement on your own with the party in question useless and ill-advised. Instead, seek help from legal professionals to move your case accordingly and in an orderly manner. You will avoid falling for underhanded tactics of the party in question and instead push for proper compensation and accountability from their negligence.
Always remember that the injuries sustained in animal attacks can have long-lasting effects and consequences. In worst case scenarios, the injured person can suffer serious physical injuries, permanent disability, or even result in wrongful death. In case of injuries resulting from dog bites and animal attacks, you will end up spending hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, on various medical treatments, including the following:
- CT and MRI scans
- Chiropractic treatments
- Orthopedic evaluations
- Pain management consultation
- Surgeries and post-op care
Contact Experienced Los Angeles Animal Attack Lawyers to Obtain Just Recompense
To ensure a successful resolution to your claim and avoid shouldering excessive amounts of medical expenses, avoid going after the other party and pursuing your claims on your own. Instead, go to an experienced legal professional to know how to proceed with your animal attack and personal injury claims. Seek legal representation from an aggressive Los Angeles dog bite lawyer or animal attack lawyer whose experience and knowledge can provide you with the maximum compensation you deserve from animal attacks that occurred due to negligence.