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Redlands Dog Bite Attorneys
A dog bite can be a physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarring experience. Even a small bite can cause serious infection and scarring, so it is worth your time to consider your options. After a dog attack in Redlands, you may be able to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and emotional scarring. Our dog bite lawyers have years of experience representing dog bite victims in California and we will work to ensure that you understand every step of the claims process. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Today. If you are unable to travel to us, we will meet at a location that is convenient for you.
Understanding California Dog Bite Law
Dog owners in California are “strictly liable” for injuries that their animals cause. This means that as a dog bite victim, you do not need to prove that the dog owner was at fault. You simply need to show that the dog attacked and injured you for the owner to be liable for your injuries. Strict liability applies whether you were attacked in a public place or on private property, and the dog’s breed, violent history (or lack thereof), and its dangerous tendencies are inconsequential. As such, dog owners face an uphill battle when attempting to defend a dog bite claim. Nonetheless, you need to secure quality legal representation to ensure you are covering all your bases when building your claim.
What to Do If You Are Attacked
Even though strict liability generally applies to dog bite cases, there are still several critical steps you should take to preserve your claim and increase your chances of recovery.
- Take photos: Capture your injuries right after the attack as well as throughout your treatment and recovery process.
- Seek treatment: As in any injury case, the most important step is to pursue any treatment you need to heal and move forward. Consult a doctor for wound treatment, follow his or her orders, and keep a detailed, accessible file of your records.
- Report the attack: Contact your county sheriff’s office or the closest animal control agency so that they are on notice that the dog that bit you is potentially dangerous. Not only will this create a valuable record you could reference in a lawsuit, but it will hopefully prevent the dog from attacking other victims.
Before speaking with other parties, whether an insurance company or the dog owner, engage a personal injury lawyer. Although they may seem straightforward, dog bite cases involve nuances and as such, a lawyer will help you prepare the strongest possible claim for recovery. Never accept a settlement offer without first consulting a personal injury attorney who will ensure you receive an adequate measure of damages, from your medical bills to your lost income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
What About Police Dogs?
The law protects police dogs in some situations, preventing victims from holding the dog liable for bites or injuries sustained in an attack. However, there are certain requirements: first and foremost, the dog must be “on duty” for those special protections to apply. In other words, if a police dog attacks you while it is off duty, California’s strict liability law applies.
Discuss Your Claim with A Redlands Dog Bite Lawyer Today.
With our history of success in dog bite cases, our Redlands dog bite lawyers can ensure you are well-represented throughout each stage of your case. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-GO-Harris or by sending us a message online.