Paso Robles Dog Bite Attorneys
Paso Robles Dog Bite Attorneys
You might be a dog lover. You may be indifferent. Or, to put it lightly, you may not be man’s best friend’s biggest fan. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, dog bite wounds always hurt. In California, the law allows victims of dog bites to recover compensation for their medical expenses and injuries, so if you’ve been attacked, you have options. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our dog bite lawyers have years of experience representing victims in our State and are ready to speak with you about your case. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free consultation with one of our Paso Robles dog bite attorneys today.
California Dog Owners are Strictly Liable for Bite Wounds.
California dog owners are “strictly liable” for injuries their animals cause. This is good news for you, as a victim, because it means that you do not need to prove fault on the dog owner’s part. It also doesn’t matter whether the dog’s owner knew the animal had dangerous tendencies, where you were injured, and what type of dog attacked you. To successfully bring a claim for damages, you only need to prove:
- That the at-fault party owned the animal that harmed you;
- That the attack occurred when you were on public property or lawfully on private property; and
- That you were hurt.
However, this does not mean your case is an automatic win. Even though strict liability generally applies to dog bite cases, there are still several critical steps you should take to increase your chance of recovery. A personal injury lawyer will likely advise you to do the following, at a minimum:
- Take photos of your injuries right after the attack as well as throughout your recovery process.
- Seek any medical treatment that you need.
- Contact your county sheriff’s office or animal control agency to put them on notice of the attack.
Our Paso Robles dog bite lawyers have decades of collective experience representing victims of dog bites and other domesticated animal attacks, and we are ready to help you negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries. Your potential recovery includes compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability and disfigurement
Your personal injury lawyer will speak with you about what other damages may be available in your case.
What to Do If You Are Attacked
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients, a large portion of which has been in cases involving aggressive and dangerous dogs and other domesticated animals. During our complimentary case review, we will provide you with an overview of the next steps to take in pursuing the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. With our history of success in dog bite cases and in-depth knowledge of relevant law, our team can guide you throughout each stage of your case. Schedule a low-risk consultation today by calling 1-800-GO-Harris or by sending us a message online.