Dog Bite Attorney in Los Angeles
Dogs are generally domesticated and trained house pets and guard dogs. Due to their loyalty to their owners, dogs are branded as man’s best friend. However, this holds true mostly if you are the owner of the dog. You should be made aware that some dog lovers breed dogs for sport and even train them to be more aggressive than your average house pet. Hence, it is always to your advantage to use caution in petting or even approaching dogs that are not familiar to you. In any event, if you are bitten or attacked by a dog and the same is due to the fault or negligence of the dog owner or possessor, then you have a right to seek damages for your injuries.
There are a lot of factors why dogs attack, from being startled, being sick or of poor health, conditioning of the owner or trainer and even trauma or depression. However, regardless of the dog breed or the propensity of the dog to attack people, i.e. whether it be a Rottweiler or a Chihuahua, the owner or possessor is usually held accountable for the dog bite regardless if the dog owner is negligent or not. This rule holds true in California where the dog attack does not even need to lead to bite marks before the dog owner is charged or held accountable. It is enough that, in the dog attack, the dog rips a piece of your garment, in order for the dog owner to become liable for dog bite claims.
In a dog bite attack, aside from the pain of puncture wounds and the unsightly scar marks due to dog bites, you may also suffer internal, emotional and even psychological pain and suffering. Treatments for all your injuries, pain and suffering and other losses can reach in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, depending on the seriousness of the dog attack and the gravity of your injuries. Hence, in case of animal bite or dog bite incident, the best thing to do is seek help from Mesriani Law Group’s diligent dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles who have decades of experience in pursuing negligent owners for top dog bite compensation.
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If you are attacked, mauled or bitten by a dog, you should know that you have a right to seek damages against the dog owner or its care taker.
In California, you don’t need to show any actual bite wounds before the owner of the dog can be made liable for your injuries related to the dog attack. Under the “one bite rule” the dog owner is liable even if the dog did not even graze the skin of the victim but the victim suffered injuries nonetheless while trying to protect himself, from:
- Property damage relating to repair or replacement of personal properties damaged during the dog attack;
- Medical costs for your examinations, evaluations and treatments, which may include surgeries and post-operative care for puncture wounds, scratches and other internal injuries;
- Future medical care for recommended treatments post-discharge like further chiropractic care and treatments of scars;
- Lost wages due to absence from or inability to do work resulting from injuries suffered from the dog bite;
- The accident is the direct or proximate cause of your damages and injuries.
- Emotional pain and psychological trauma from being attacked or mauled by an animal; and
- Punitive damages in instances where it is proven that the party at fault acted with gross negligence or complete disregard of the welfare of others.
Treatments of Dog Attack Injuries
Aside from scratches, bruises, contusions and wounds inflicted by dog attacks, you can even suffer spine injuries, fractures, head injury and even brain injury while trying to escape being mauled by the animal. Treatments of these injuries can be very costly. Hence, aside from the usual x-rays, MRIs, lab tests, neurological tests, chiropractic care, physical therapy treatments, orthopedic treatments and even epidural injections and surgeries, you may also need psychological evaluations in order to address the emotional trauma and psychological pain that you will suffer because of the incident.
Do Not Attempt to Negotiate Your Claims Alone
In a dog bite claim, like any other personal injury claim, evidence is required from the complainant to show proof of the liability of the other party. This is why you should never negotiate on your own because you are not an expert at obtaining and presenting the right evidence to support your claims. If you are serious in claiming the maximum compensation you deserve against the dog owner, it is to your best interest to seek proper legal advice and representation from the best dog bite lawyers in California who have decades of experience in negotiating and litigating personal injury claims relating to serious dog bites and animal attacks.
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